Taylor Swift Says “I’m Sorry” to Nicki Minaj, Misunderstood Feud

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj posed together at the Billboard's Sixth Annual Women in Music event on December 2, 2011 Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Too little too late? Taylor Swift took to Twitter on Thursday, July 23 to apologize to Nicki Minaj, a full two days after the two women set off a star-studded feud over the MTV Video Music Awards. 

"I thought I was being called out," Swift, 25, wrote on Thursday morning. "I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ."

As previously reported, the "Bad Blood" singer swiped at Minaj on Tuesday, July 21, writing "@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.." after the rapper called out the VMAs for her lack of nomination in the Video of the Year category.

The "Anaconda" performer, 32, took issue with the awards show excluding her from its highest honor, writing, "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I'm not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it." Swift, whose much-nominated "Bad Blood" music video features a bevy of thin supermodels, assumed that the words were about her and weighed in. 

After Minaj explained that Swift had missed the point, adding, "U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u," Swift walked back her earlier statement, tweeting, "@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!! You're invited to any stage I'm ever on."

The exchange between the hitmakers inspired everyone from Ed Sheeran to Bruno Mars to Kim Kardashian to react, and culminated in a shade-filled statement from the inspiration for "Bad Blood" herself, Swift's frenemy Katy Perry

"Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…" Perry wrote on Wednesday evening. "The real travesty is where is the shine for  #BBHMMVideo when VMA eligibility period was 7/7/14-7/1/15 & that gem dropped 7/1… @MTV." 

UPDATE: Minaj, who quietly favorited Perry's tweet in the moments after it was posted, replied to Swift's apology on Thursday afternoon and added a nod to Perry.  

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