But Swift, 27, had yet to respond to the olive branch on
Sunday and end the bad blood between two of pop music's biggest
"I am ready to let it go," Perry said in a global podcast on
Saturday to promote her new album "Witness."
"I forgive her (Swift) and I’m sorry for anything I ever did,
and I hope the same from her. I love her, and I want the best
for her. And I think she’s a fantastic songwriter," Perry, 32,
The feud, which started as a dispute over back up dancers, has
dominated the personal and professional lives of the two singers
for more than three years and played out in their songs.
Swift on Friday released her back catalog to streaming services,
after eschewing most such platforms for three years, on the same
day that Perry released her new album "Witness" in what was
widely seen as a bid to steal Perry's thunder. [nL1N1J613K]
Swift's 2014 single "Bad Blood" was believed to be directed at
Perry. Perry described her new single, "Swish Swish," released
last month, as "a great anthem for people to use whenever
somebody's trying to hold you down or bully you."
In her Saturday podcast, Perry said she hoped both she and Swift
"can be representatives of strong women that come together
despite their differences."
"I just really truly want to come together in a place of love
and forgiveness and understanding and compassion," Perry said.
Swift, who has not released an album since 2014's best-selling
"1989" and has adopted a low public profile in recent months,
stayed silent on her social media accounts at the weekend.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Mary Milliken)
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