The musicians were total besties for years — bonding over their love for cats and baking — before a nasty rift tore them apart. In 2013, the dancers on Taylor’s tour decided to leave and join Katy on the road, which started the minor feud. Then, when the Lover songstress debuted her single called “Bad Blood,” fans knew something was wrong.
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows 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?’ She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business,” Taylor told Rolling Stone about the infamous song in 2014. “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational — you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now, I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
Years later, the BFFs finally reconciled and decided to put their nastiness behind them. In June 2019, Taylor revealed that she and the “Swish Swish” songstress were finally on “good terms” after reconciling at a party.
“When we saw each other, it was just very clear to both of us that everything was different, that we had grown up, and that we had grown past allowing ourselves to be pitted against each other, and it just was very, very clear that we remembered how much we had in common,” Taylor told BBCRadio1 at the time. “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 ever going to talk about it publicly.”
Since then, both musicians have buried the hatched on social media. After Katy welcomed her daughter, Daisy Dove, with Orlando Bloom in August 2020, Taylor sent a handmade blanket for the newborn.
“Hope it’s one she drags around for years ’til it becomes an unrecognizable shred that she keeps in her pocket as a teenager,” Katy captioned her Instagram post at the time.
Wondering how Taylor and Katy went from enemies to friends? Well, J-14 broke down their entire friendship timeline from the start. Scroll through our gallery for a full breakdown.
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