It appears that Katy Perry has changed her tune (see what I did there?) about, well, a lot of things. In an interesting twist, the pop singer just walked away from her long-standing feud with fellow music sensation, Taylor Swift — and that isn’t the only peacemaking Perry is doing.
As for the rift with Swift, it supposedly all stemmed from the ladies’ mutual ex, John Mayer. As you may well remember, Swift penned the hit breakup ballad “Dear John” following her brief-lived fling with Mayer. When Perry later took up with him, the new duo reportedly made Swift public enemy numero uno.
Now, many, many, many moons and various incarnations of the same argument later, Perry has decided to drop it once and for all.
In an interview with The Thrive Global Podcast, she revealed, “I am ready to let it go. I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I think it’s actually like, I think it’s time. There are bigger fish to fry, and there are real problems in the world. You know what I’m saying?”
Perry went on to say, “I love her, and I want the best for her.” And, calling Swift a fantastic songwriter, she confessed that she hoped mending fences with Tay might inspire other girls and women to do the same.
“I think that if we, both her and I, can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go like, ‘Yeah, well we can do this,'” she said. “I don’t know. Maybe I don’t agree with everything she does and she doesn’t agree with everything I do, but I just really, truly want to come together in a place of love and forgiveness and understanding and compassion.”
Perry wrapped it up by literally singing the Frozen theme song, “Let it Go,” and offering a good ol’-fashioned Southern-style God-blessing. “There’s a lot of other things out there in the world that people need to be focused on,” she said. “God bless her on her journey. God bless her. Honestly.”
But Perry’s goodwill tour didn’t stop there. In addition to smoothing things over with Swift, the pop star spoke on Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson’s podcast, Pod Save the People — among the topics of conversation, Perry’s history of cultural appropriation came into play.
“I won’t ever understand some of those things because of who I am,” she said, alluding to her inherent white privilege. “I will never understand, but I can educate myself, and that’s what I’m trying to do along the way… I didn’t know that I did it wrong until I heard people saying I did it wrong. And, sometimes that’s what it takes. It takes someone to say, out of compassion and out of love, ‘Hey, this is what the origin is.'”
Y’know, we like this new Perry — the one who owns up to her mistakes and tries to learn from them. We can’t wait to see who she visits next as part of this apparent world apology tour. Good for you, girl!