“Swish represents liberation from all the negative that doesn’t serve you.”
We see right through you, Katy.
Despite her insistence that her songs are not about any one person, all signs point to Katy’s newest Witness track being about nemesis Taylor Swift. From the pointed lyrics to the Nicki Minaj feature, who is also known for having beef with Taylor, it’s hard to deny the allusions to the “Bad Blood” singer. When Katy dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to promote the track and her forthcoming album, Jimmy addressed the issue head one, asking the question that’s on everyone’s mind: Is Swish Swish about anyone we know?
Katy tactfully avoided any mention of Taylor, responding: “I think it’s a great anthem for people to use whenever someone’s trying to hold you down or bully you.”
She went to explain that the song is all part of her quest for liberation: “It’s just like 360 degree liberation. Chained to the Rhythm was this political liberation. Bon Appé*** was a sexual liberation and now Swish represents liberation from all the negative that doesn’t serve you.”
She may not want to say it, but I think it’s safe to say Swift is definitely Perry’s target with this one.
Watch Katy discuss the track and her upcoming tour below:
She also explained the symbolism of the Witness album cover (something about her third eye?), opened up about her Vogue cover shoot and teased her upcoming SNL performance, calling it “lively” and “spectacular”.
Katy is performing on Saturday Night Live tonight (May 20th) on NBC, alongside host Dwayne Johnson.