Sleb Safari: Katy Perry and Taylor Swift bury the hatchet

Maeve Connoly

Maeve Connolly

Maeve is the deputy digital editor at The Irish News. She has worked for the company since 2000.

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry in the video for Taylor's new single You Need To Calm Down
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry in the video for Taylor's new single You Need To Calm Down

PRAISES be, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have buried the hatchet and dressed up as burger and chips to prove it.

The two fell out several years ago and, as with all warring heavyweights, the world looked to noted peacemakers to heal the rift. Unfortunately Denis Rodman and Steven Seagal both had their hands full and hostilities continued unabated. Skirmishes were frequent. An attack from one side was followed by retaliation from the other. For a time it looked as though a truce would never be reached. Until one joyous day when an olive branch was extended.

Our hero in this story was Katy Perry who ran up to the moral high ground, planted a flag and said sorry.

Katy sent Taylor an olive wreath and a handwritten note on the opening night of the latter’s Reputation tour and that was the start of their reconciliation.

Taylor posted a picture on Instagram stories with the first paragraph of the note on display, making sure the words “deeply sorry” were visible. There is only room for one atop the moral high ground after all.

"Hey old friend, I have been doing some reflecting on past miscommunications and hurt feelings between us,” the note read.

“I really want to clear the air," it continued.

Taylor said the pair “hugged it out” when they met at a party and after spending time together “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."

We are humbled that you threw us some scraps Taylor.

They confirmed their friendship was back on track when Katy appeared in the video for Taylor’s new single.

“I didn't think of the burger and fries costume until she wore the burger to the Met Gala after party and I was like, ‘That is amazing’,” Taylor told BBC Radio 1.

“I kept thinking… we are gonna have this moment in the video… and if it’s us wearing normal clothes and hugging, it won’t really fit… So I was like, ‘Can we do a burger and fries as metaphor for two people who belong together? And people who are a perfect pair?’ And she thought it was really funny! So we did it.”

Taylor has one other outstanding rumble and that’s with Kanye West.

For that spectacular falling out to end he’s going to have to plant an actual olive grove, man the olive press himself and plough the profits into running a cat sanctuary named after Taylor.

Sleb Safari would definitely watch that episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

High Five Rihanna

This week’s high five and hat tip goes to Rihanna for speaking so eloquently about immigration.

She has put the word 'immigrant' front and centre of her latest Fenty collection by printing it on a T-shirt and when asked about it responded: “For me, it’s a prideful word”.

“To know that you can come from humble beginnings and just take over whatever you want to, dominate at whatever you put your mind to. The world becomes your oyster, and there’s no limit.

“Wherever I go, except for Barbados, I’m an immigrant. I think people forget that a lot of times. I think they see Rihanna the brand. But I think it’s important for people to remember, if you love me, everyone out here is just like me. A million Rihannas out there, getting treated like dirt.”

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Barefeet Theatre and Circus Zambia competition winners

The winners of tickets to see Empyre, the new show from the wonderful Barefeet Theatre and Circus Zambia, are:

  • Andy McGucken from Cookstown
  • Anne Maginn from Newcastle
  • Liam McIlveeny from Limavady
  • Briege Gault from Belfast

You can catch the show at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast on Wednesday July 24 and in Portstewart Town Hall on Friday July 26.

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