Taylor Swift reveals how she and Katy Perry secretly reconciled

Taylor and Katy are officially friends again! 😍

18 Jun 2019

Taylor Swift has just dropped the second single from her brand new album Lover and the whole internet went wild. And so did we.

The singer-songwriter released the music video to her second single, You Need To Calm Down yesterday, and it is seriously star-studded. Taylor's crew of celebrity friends, from Ellen DeGeneres to Queer Eye's Fab Five, can be seen making cameos in the music video that throws support for LGBT+ rights and GLADD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

If that wasn't enough, there's also appearances from Adam Lambert, Adam Rippon, Adore Delano, A'keria Chanel Davenport, Antoni Porowski, Billy Porter, Bobby Berk, Chester Lockhart, Ciara, Delta Work, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, Hayley Kiyoko, Jade Jolie, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jonathan Van Ness, Justin Mikita, Laverne Cox, Karamo Brown, Katy Perry, Riley Knoxx, RuPaul, Ryan Reynolds, Tan France, Tatianna, Trinity K. Bonet, Trinity the Tuck and Todrick Hall. Phew.

Ok, we know what you're thinking. Didn't Katy and Taylor have a huge bust-up that left a girl power-shaped hole in pop music? Yes. But now Taylor has come clean about their secret reconciliation...

"I would love for us to be a symbol of redemption and forgiveness" 💕 tells about 's surprise appearance in her new video 😍

— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1)

In a chat with Radio One's Greg James, Taylor revealed that an olive wreath that Perry sent Swift last May ahead of her Reputation World Tour debut was the trigger for the end of their long-standing feud - before running into each other at multiple social events, where things were way less awkward than you'd expect.

"We saw each other at a party and walked up to each other and hugged it out and talked about things, and then we saw each other again and hung out at another party, and it was just like something felt so much lighter about my life when things became really good between us. And, you know, she and I have been fine for a while and really on good terms, but we didn't know if we were ever gonna really tell people about it. We wanted to make sure that was solid between us before we ever made the public aware."

And the hamburger/fries idea? It was actually meant to be a symbol of redemption and forgiveness.

Explaining the concept of the video to Katy, Taylor said: "Can we do a burger and fries as a metaphor for two people who belong together, people who are a perfect pair"? And she thought it was really funny and so we did it. And I think that the metaphor of us searching for someone who you have something in common with, and then seeing them and having it originally represented is funny.'"

Awww.

Here's the video in full...

This is the second single on Taylor's new album that promotes anti-homophobia and it is exactly what we need.

The first single was Me!, a collab with Brendan Urie that broke YouTube records with 65.2 million views of its sugar-sweet, Parisian music video. The lyrics video for this latest song had been watched more than a million times within one morning.

It's an absolute bop, obviously. But it's also the anti-homophobia, pro-gay rights anthem we need right now. Halfway through Pride month, Taylor has released a song that mentions GLAAD - "Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD? (You could be GLAAD)" - which is an American non-governmental media monitoring organisation founded by LGBT people.

She also highlights the letters E and A in the words 'scream', 'peace' and 'equality', which we can safely assume references the Equality Act. The Equality Act is in the United States Senate right now and if it passes, it will amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Taylor has already campaigned for the Equality Act. Earlier this month, in an open letter to Republican Tennessee senator Lamara Alexander, she wrote: "For American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify, in my opinion, is un-American and cruel." She implored him to vote for the Equality Act in the upcoming Senate vote.

In a second letter, she wrote: "Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic."

We are extremely here for political activist Taylor. It might be our favourite incarnation of the pop star.

Now, she's continuing her pro-LGBT+ activism in the best way she knows how: with a sick beat. Seeming to address homophobes, haters and trolls, she sings: "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace / And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate /‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay."

Watch the vid and start learning all those righteous lyrics right here, right now.