After some teasing, Taylor Swift shared her video for “You Need To Calm Down” this morning, and the LGBTQ-championing clip featured guests like Ellen Degeneres, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and a bunch of others. The most notable among them, though, was Katy Perry, who made a surprise appearance at the end of the video. Of course, the two have famously feuded in the past, but this video serves as an official burying of the hatchet. The pair, dressed as a burger and fries, hug it out, and with that, there’s no denying that the beef is over.
Swift spoke about the video with BBC Radio 1’s Greg James, and she said of Perry’s inclusion in the clip and of their relationship now:
“Well, we have been on really good terms for a while. She sent this beautiful note and olive branch to the opening night of the Reputation stadium tour, a while ago, and from then on, we’ve been on good terms. We hadn’t seen each other, though. So the first time we saw each other was at this party, and when we saw each other, it was just very clear to both of us that everything was different, that we had grown up, that we had grown past allowing ourselves to be pitted against each other. It was just really, really clear that we remembered how much we had in common.
So both of us have been in a really good place for a while, but I don’t think either of us really knew if we were going to talk about it publicly. When I thought of this concept for the video and I wrote the treatment, I thought of this idea and I thought, ‘You know, I’m just going to ask her if she’d be interested in this, but I would be totally fine if she would rather keep it private, keep it between us.’ So I sent it to her, and she was like, ‘I would love for us to be a symbol of redemption and forgiveness, and I feel the same way about it.”
Furthermore, after the video was released, both Swift and Perry shared posts about the clip in which they indicated that there truly isn’t any bad blood between them anymore.
Watch the “You Need To Calm Down” video here.