The "girl fight" is one of pop culture's oldest—and most reductive—practices. You can trace this phenomenon back to lớn Bette Davis và Joan Crawford's decades-long industry-created "feud," và it has continued steadily since then, especially in the realm of pop music. Madonna vs. Janet Jackson, Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera, Remy Ma vs. Nicki Minaj…the danh mục goes on và on. Society essentially trains women (and audiences) lớn think they have a shelf life in entertainment, causing them to view other female performers as competition—and thus enemies. It's a practice rooted in sexism, and it really needs khổng lồ stop.

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Unfortunately, the appetite for pitting women against each other is still pretty strong, though people are starting to show signs of fatigue. Exhibit A: Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. The two pop stars duked it out in the tabloids for years, and fans ate it up for a while—until they didn't. Now, in 2020, it appears their feud has been squashed. But let's take a look at how we got from there lớn here.

July 2009: Perry & Swift pay each other compliments on Twitter.

Not to quote this feud's literal theme song, but Swift và Perry's relationship actually began with, well, mad love. Swift was a big fan of Perry's tuy nhiên "Waking Up in Vegas," và she took lớn Twitter in 2009 lớn gush about it. "Watching the 'Waking Up in Vegas' video. I love Katy Perry. I think I'm going to lớn hang her poster on my wall now." Perry thanked Swift for the kind words, calling her "sweet as pie" & even suggesting they write a tuy nhiên together about a "subject know best." What did she mean by that?

October 2009: Swift attends Perry’s birthday party; their lovefest continues.

Two thousand & nine was a good year for these two. The drama was low, & the social truyền thông media lovin' was high. "
Katyperry knows how to throw a birthday party! I would even go as far as lớn say it was party-licious," Swift tweeted. "Best EVER. Happy bday, pretty girl!!" What a simpler time!

April 2010: Perry and Swift perform “Hot N’ Cold” together.

Perry joined Swift on her Fearless tour for this cute duet. You could say this was the calm before the storm.

2012–2013: The alleged “backing dancer” drama goes down.

And now we're at the storm. Three of Perry's California Dreams tour dancers were offered spots on Swift's Red tour. However, these dancers left before Swift's tour ended to join Perry on her Prismatic tour. This incident is the root cause of Swift và Perry's feud.

September 2014: Swift tells Rolling Stone “Bad Blood” is about another female pop star.

And what did this singer bởi to piss Swift off? "It had to vị with business," Swift told RS. "She basically tried to lớn sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to lớn hire a bunch of people out from under me." We didn't know it then, but Swift was describing the backup dancer debacle that happened in 2013—that's what most people think, at least. To lớn this day Swift hasn't confirmed anything.

But the message Perry tweeted shortly after Swift's interview went live kind of did. "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing..." she wrote, which many people took to lớn be about Swift.

May 2015: Swift says she’s never going to talk about Perry in an interview.

“I’m not giving them anything to write about,” Swift told the Telegraph. “I’m not walking up the street with boys, I’m not stumbling out of clubs drunk. But I’m never going to lớn talk about her in my interview. It’s not going lớn happen.” (Swift never said the “her” she was referring to was Perry, but people read between the lines.)

July 2015: One of Swift’s backup dancers dresses up like a shark during a “Bad Blood” performance.

Fans immediately took this as a knock at Perry, whose shark-clad dancer from the 2015 Super Bowl (i.e., Left Shark) became an internet sensation.

July 2015: Nicki Minaj gets involved.

The rapper found herself smack-dab in the middle of Perry và Swift's feud when she tweeted about her video "Anaconda" not receiving a đoạn phim of the Year nomination for the 2015 MTV VMAs. "If your đoạn phim celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year," Minaj wrote, which Swift read as a jab directed at her. ("Bad Blood," which featured Swift and several of her supermodel BFFs, was nominated.)

"I've done nothing but love & tư vấn you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot," Swift tweeted at Minaj. Queen Nicki said her tweet wasn't about Swift—or any artist in particular—but that didn't stop Perry from making this comment on Twitter:

"Finding it ironic lớn parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman," Perry wrote.

October 2015: Swift doubles down on not revealing the specific inspiration behind “Bad Blood.”

"I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that," Swift told GQ. "I knew the tuy vậy would be assigned khổng lồ a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn’t want khổng lồ be labeled with this song. It was not a tuy vậy about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship." At this point, however, we all knew exactly who this tuy vậy was about.

February 2016: Perry puts Swift on the guest danh sách for her Grammy after-party

Swift did not attend, but many took this as a sign a truce was in sight. They were wrong.

May 2016: Perry’s Twitter is hacked.

Before we knew this, though, people thought Perry actually tweeted, "miss u baby," khổng lồ Swift. Unfortunately, it was just a hack. The drama still raged on.

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June 2016: Perry announces that she’s launching a perfume called Mad Love…

…which is a lyric in "Bad Blood." Subtle.

July 2016: Calvin Harris says in a Twitter rant that Swift is trying to lớn “bury” Perry.

Harris's Twitter tirade stemmed from "What You Came For" credit drama, but he managed to lớn throw in a comment about Perry in between his other gripes. "I know you're off tour và you need someone new khổng lồ try & bury lượt thích Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it," he wrote. Perry responded with a Hillary Clinton GIF và a retweet from 2015: "Time, the ultimate truth teller."

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What Harris meant by "bury" is still a mystery, but his tweet seemed to lớn confirm that Swift did have some kind of grudge against Perry—as if that needed confirming.

September 2016: Perry tweets she’d collaborate with Swift if she apologized.

We'd soon learn what Perry meant by this.

October 2016: Perry rocks out khổng lồ “Famous” at Kanye West's concert.

She posted a video of herself nhảy at the exact moment West raps about Swift. If you forget, this is the tuy nhiên that caused all the drama between Swift, West, & Kim Kardashian. West claimed Swift approved of him calling her a "bitch" in the song, but she says she never green-lighted the verse. This feud came to a head when Kardashian released a private conversation between West & Swift, which proved Swift was cool with the song...but not necessarily the "bitch" lyric. The fact Perry shared a clip of herself jamming out to this song is shady, lớn say the least.

May 2017: Perry says there isn't a response to lớn “Bad Blood” on her new album Witness, but then she releases “Swish Swish.”

"There is no one thing that’s calling out any one person," Perry told Entertainment Weekly about her album, which everyone believed—until they heard "Swish Swish." The track, which clearly is a response to Perry's haters, contains lyrics like, "You're about as xinh tươi as an old coupon expired" and "Your trò chơi is tired; you should retire."

Perry confirmed everything during her ride with James Corden. She said that yes, there's a situation between her & Swift, and yes, it's about backup dancers. Perry also said she tried to talk khổng lồ Swift about the incident, but Swift ignored her and instead chose to lớn "write a song." Could that tuy nhiên perhaps be "Bad Blood"? Here's everything Perry told Corden:

"Honestly, started it, và it's time for her to lớn finish it.It's about backing dancers. It's so crazy. There three backingdancers that went on tour with her tour, và they asked me before theywent on tour if they could go. I was like, 'Yeah, of course. I'm noton a record cycle. Get the work. She's great. But I will be on arecord cycle, probably, in about a year, so be sure lớn put a 30-daycontingency in your contract so you can get out if you wanna join mewhen I say I'm going back on.' So that year came up, and I texted allof them because I'm very close with them. I said, 'Look, just FYI: I'mabout to start. I want lớn put the word out there.' They said, 'Okay.We're gonna go talk lớn management about it.' They did, & they gotfired. I tried lớn talk to about it, and she wouldn't speak tome. I vị the right thing anytime that it feels lượt thích a fumble. It was afull shutdown, & then she writes a tuy vậy about me. Và I'm lượt thích 'Okay,cool, cool. That's how you wanna bởi vì it? Karma.'"

June 2017: Perry implies that Swift tried lớn “assassinate her character.”

This is when the Katy Perry Talks About Taylor Swift Nonstop Parade began. Here Perry says Swift tried lớn "assassinate her character" with "Bad Blood." “I mean, I’m not Buddha—things irritate me,” she told NME, according khổng lồ EW. “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 lớn assassinate my character with little girls . That’s so messed up!”

June 2017: Swift makes her entire catalog available on Spotify the day Perry’s album Witness comes out.

Coincidence or sabotage?

June 2017: Perry says she’s ready khổng lồ quash the beef.

“I forgive her, and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, và I hope the same from her,” Perry told Arianna Huffington on the Thrive Global Podcast.

August 2017: Perry releases the “Swish Swish” video; fans make “Bad Blood” comparisons.

This is grasping at straws, but you can't deny at least some of the similarities. Both clips have star-studded casts; plus, Perry teased this đoạn clip as a "catastrophe," which happens to be what Swift called herself in "Bad Blood." Each video clip centers on a conflict between two opposing teams. (In the case of "Swish Swish," it's a basketball game; in "Bad Blood," it was Swift's squad versus Selena Gomez's.) và the final reference: All the celebrities in the "Swish Swish" đoạn phim have kitschy nicknames, just like Swift's friends in "Bad Blood." Hmmm.

August 2017: Perry says she hasn’t heard anything from Swift about ending their feud.

"Listen, I’d love for the beef lớn end. I’d love lớn take it off the barbecue,” Perry said on the Sirius
XM show The Morning Mash Up. Does this mean the kết thúc is near? Stay tuned, my friends.

This might be a sign that their "feud" is over for good. "So I just got to lớn my dressing room and found this actual olive branch," Swift posted on Instagram Stories May 8, the first night of her Reputation tour. (She was in Arizona.) "This means so much khổng lồ me." She captioned the đoạn clip with, "Thank you, Katy" & a simple pink heart emoji.

Perry posted the gift to lớn her Instagram with the caption, "Feels good." Swift commented with several heart emoji. So it's official: Their feud is dead. So does this mean we're getting a collab?!

Dressed in her Met Gala hamburger outfit, Perry & Swift (as fries) literally hug it out in the video. They subsequently posted images on Instagram with dễ thương captions lượt thích "A happy meal" and "This meal is BEEF-free." Swift revealed in interviews that the two have been on good terms for a while now but weren't sure if they were going khổng lồ discuss it publicly. But when she sent Perry the idea for the video, Perry replied, "I would love for us to be a symbol of redemption and forgiveness."

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September 14, 2020: Swift sends Perry and Orlando Bloom’s daughter a baby present.