“I forgive [Swift], and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her, and I think it’s actually… I think it’s time,” Perry said of the feud (via Entertainment Tonight).
“There are bigger fish to fry, and there are bigger problems in the world. I love her and I want the best for her, and I think she’s a fantastic songwriter, and like, 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, we can do this.'”
The singer’s long feud – which reportedly began in 2012 when Perry poached Swift’s backup dancers to join her own tour – resulted in songs like “Bad Blood” and Witness‘ “Swish Swish,” but neither artist spoke about the beef until Perry recently opened up about the Swift rift.
“I’m not Buddha – things irritate me,” Perry said in a recent interview. “I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls. That’s so messed up!”
The latest chapter in the feud came when Swift ended her years-long streaming service embargo the moment Perry’s Witness was released digitally, a move that Swift’s reps said was purely coincidence.
On Saturday, Perry seemed determined to end the pop stars’ beef. “Maybe I don’t agree with everything she does, and maybe she doesn’t agree with everything I do, but like… I really, truly, want to come together, and in a place of love and forgiveness, and understanding and compassion,” Perry said.
The pop star dedicated a portion of her live stream to airing a therapy session with Dr. Siri Singh, wherein she talked about dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. “I feel ashamed that I would have those thoughts, feel that low and that depressed,” Perry said in reference to the lyrics from her 2013 Prism ballad, “By the Grace of God.”
“You can be right or you can be loved,” she added. “I just want to be loved.”
Perry got a visit from pal James Corden on Sunday, and the Carpool Karaoke host was able to get the pop star to open up on a different topic: her exes. In a game of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts,” Corden gave Perry the option of either eating a thousand-year-old egg or ranking three of her exes based on their performance in bed.
After playing coy for a bit, Perry finally acquiesced, naming Diplo as the least impressive, Orlando Bloom as her second-place pick, and John Mayer as the top contender. “They’re all amazing lovers and I would have sex with all of them after I got out of this place!” she made sure to note.