We smell more bad blood. Taylor Swift’s ex Calvin Harris recorded new music with Katy Perry for his upcoming album, and Swift’s fans have taken to social media to call shade on their collaboration.
Harris, 33, announced his fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, and its star-studded list of guest artists, via social media on Tuesday, May 9. The roster includes a handful of music heavyweights such as Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Pharrell Williams. However, it was Perry’s name that stuck out most to the Scottish DJ’s followers, given the “Chained to the Rhythm” singer’s complicated relationship with his former girlfriend Swift, 27.
As Swifties and Katycats are well aware, the two superstars are not exactly BFFs. The drama began when Swift called out an unidentified mean girl in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone.
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” Swift, who has never outright confirmed the feud is with 32-year-old Perry, told the magazine. “She would come up to me at awards and say something and walk away, and I would think, Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?”
Swift added: “She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. … So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
After Swift released her celeb-filled 2015 music video for “Bad Blood,” in which her bestie Selena Gomez played a villainous Perry look-alike, many assumed that the former country starlet was taking aim at the California Gurl.
Perry later confirmed that she and Swift had a problem when she told a fan that she is still waiting for the Grammy winner to apologize. Asked if she would ever agree to a duet with Swift, Perry responded, “If she says sorry, sure!”
For his part, Harris name-checked Perry during a heated July 2016 Twitter rant against Swift not long after their split. “I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry,” he wrote, accusing Swift of trying to make him “look bad” after it was revealed that she helped pen his hit, “This Is What You Came For.”
See what Swift devotees had to say about Harris’ decision to work with Perry below:
— REPUTATION 56 (@TSwizzleLoves13) May 9, 2017
Calvin Harris collaborated with Katy Perry? I could make a lame, forced Taylor Swift reference to this. https://t.co/1Ok0Itytfh
— mr. nickgarrett (@FearlessRiOT) May 9, 2017
mood: taylor releasing her single in august and everyone forgetting that katy and calvin did a song a together
— stephanie (@iwishyouwouId) May 9, 2017
Sorry but yes. Katy is a rat & Calvin working with her after the things she did to Taylor through the years makes me respect him even less.
— . (@forevereading1) May 9, 2017
People are stupid if they think Calvin's collab with Katy is not bcs out of his pettiness towards Taylor like c'mon
— . (@_coldcashdivine) May 9, 2017
I bet taylor is laughing that calvin and katy are collab-ing
— morgan (@beTAYtastic) May 9, 2017
If the Calvin/Katy song is some kind of diss track I truly hope everyone who hates Taylor for bad blood can get over it
— georgia (@taylorswiftuk7) May 9, 2017
Katy is only collaborating with Calvin to try to make Taylor jealous but it's not gonna work bc Taylor is only focused on new music .
— Sierra ? (@TheStoryOfRed13) May 9, 2017
Whether they hate Taylor or not, both Calvin and Katy know that by collaborating they'll attract more people bc of how they're related to TS
— vicky (@IKTayWT) May 9, 2017
Katy Perry and Calvin Harris went from this mess to a collaboration for pettiness. The power of Taylor Swift and her savage ice queen ways. https://t.co/DvrmHpmTFi
— Jake Viswanath (@jakeviswacare) May 9, 2017
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