Katy Perry Addresses Taylor Swift-“Swish, Swish” Rumors
When Katy Perry dropped “Swish Swish,” the third song from her upcoming album Witness, fans were quick to speculate that the song was about Taylor Swift.
They pointed to lyrics like “A tiger / Don’t lose no sleep / Don’t need opinions / From a shellfish or a sheep,” a motif she’d used before when she tweeted “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing.” And while Katy never cleared up who that tweet was about, she is here to talk about what inspired her song, which features Nicki Minaj to boot.
The singer stopped by The Tonight Show, where host Jimmy Fallon asked point-blank if the song was about anyone they knew. In response, she said, “I think it’s a great anthem for people whenever someone’s trying to hold you down or bully you.” So that’s not a “yes, this is about Taylor Swift,” but we have a feeling fans will consider it a swerve.
But Katy went on to explain that the message is “kinda what this record is about. It’s just like, 360-degree liberation. ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ was this political liberation. ‘Bon Appétit’ was this sexual liberation. And now this, ‘Swish Swish,’ represents the liberation from all the negative that doesn’t serve you,” she explained about the first three songs from the album, which is due June 9.
Katy had also told Entertainment Weekly that the album “is not about any one person,” and rather, a reminder that “you can’t mistake kindness for weakness and don’t come for me. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. And that’s not to any one person and don’t quote me that it is, because it’s not. It’s not about that. But, let me say this: Everything has a reaction or a consequence so don’t forget about that.”
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