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Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s reconciliation is a tribute to the power of female friendship

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There’s no more bad blood between pop icons Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, and their newfound understanding serves as a lesson that friendship can always be given a second chance.  

In the history of Hollywood feuds, the longstanding rivalry between pop icons Katy Perry and Taylor Swift seemingly lasted for an eternity.

Cast your mind back to 2014, and you might remember that the row began over backing dancers, when Swift told Rolling Stone that Perry had “basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour.” Perry then retaliated with an infamous tweet comparing Swift to Regina George. Swift followed up with a single ‘Bad Blood’ inspired by the dispute, and for five years after, the hostility between the stars stayed strong.

We’re living in a new era, however, and last month, Swift baked a plate of cookies for Perry complete with the message “Peace at Last”. Soon after, Perry proved the disagreement was officially over when she put in an appearance in Swift’s music video for ‘You Need To Calm Down’ as a burger to Swift’s fries. Now, the reconciliation is going from strength to strength and the newfound friends have finally found “trust” in each other.

In a new interview with The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Australia’s KIIS 106.5, Perry opened up about exactly how the former sworn enemies reached their new understanding, explaining that she reached out to Swift with a symbolic offering as a show of support before the Reputation World Tour kicked off. 

“It kind of was a process. I sent her a literal olive branch and a note apologising for my part in all of it when she started her Reputation Tour. I just thought she was about to embark on something new and big and needed the support,” she began.

“Truly it was as I was finishing mine, I realised how much we have in common, and maybe there’s only five other people in the world that can have the same type of conversations and understand where we’re coming from and that we should celebrate our commonality and our friendship and be able to be there for each other.”

Perry recalled that she broke the ice in person after she apologised to Swift during a music industry event. The show of humility paid off, and Swift invited Perry over for cookies. 

“We started talking a little bit and trusting each other because it’s about trusting, and she got my number and we started texting,” she revealed. “She invited me over to her house and she made me some cookies. She actually makes those cookies and they are actually so delicious.”

Perry didn’t just shed light on how the reconciliation came about. During the interview, she took a moment to reflect on how the feud had played out in the public eye, and the impact that it might have had upon younger generations.

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“I think that both her and I, we have influence to young people and especially young girls who are in this type of situation day in and day out at school,” Perry continued.

“It’s amazing that we’ve had this opportunity to change, and I hope that other people can learn from it, too.”

While we might have had us glued to our phone screens for every dramatic twist in the singers’ feud, their reconciliation serves as a timely reminder that friendship can be given a second chance at survival, as Perry testifies, when we embrace our commonalities. There’s few things more powerful than women celebrating each others’ successes, and if it helped these two superpowers hit restart, there’s hope for us all. 

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Christobel Hastings is a London-based journalist covering pop culture, feminism, LGBTQ and lore.

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