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What Taylor Swift's Bad Blood is Really About

Updated on May 23, 2015

Taylor Swift revealed in the September 2014 issue of Rolling Stone that Bad Blood was written because of another female pop star who had been bullying her. She cited examples of the other star sabotaging her tour and attempting to hire her staff from under her. The Internet was buzzing with rumors as to who this star might be after Taylor Swift's revelation, and it didn't take long to figure out that Katy Perry was a likely candidate. Here are three main reasons why.

1. The video archenemy was a Katy Perry doppelganger

Swift's archenemy in the music video for Bad Blood was played by Selena Gomez. This is all very well and good, except that Gomez was attired in a straight black wig that was uncannily familiar as well as Katy Perry's characteristic smoky makeup. Coincidence? Probably not.

2. Tweet battles between the stars

The online relationship between the two starlets started out fairly well in 2009 when both their careers were just kicking off. They gushed over each other, with Swift frequently calling Perry "pretty", and the latter responding that she was "cute as pie". The compliments tapered off, however, as Perry eventually ignored a whole slew of praise from Swift. Could this be jealousy, or did Katy Perry just "forget to respond"? That seems pretty unlikely, considering that she has the time to take multiple selfies most days. Just after the Rolling Stone issue was published, Perry tweeted a cryptic, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing...," which only heightened suspicion. As if that wasn't enough, Perry was also allegedly quoted as calling Taylor Swift "desperate" and "trying too hard".

3. Symbols in the music video

Let's face it; Bad Blood was chock full of digs at Katy Perry. Of all the sports that she could have picked, there was a boxing scene in the video. Roar, anyone? Other things that made appearances in the video were fireworks and a teddy bear (which was, incidentally, being burned). All these things have been associated with Katy Perry in the past. To top things off, Taylor Swift at one point appeared in a white, furry outfit that made her look, strangely enough, like a sheep. Could this be a reference to Perry's earlier tweet?

All in all, signs point to both stars having a pretty enmity-filled history. It's a shame, though, as both ladies are obviously very talented and in the same industry. Perhaps things will cool off in the future and we can look forward to actually Swift/Perry collaborations, or at least a reconciliatory song, instead of having them sing angry anthems back and forth.


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