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    Taylor Swift Revealed How She Asked Katy Perry To Be In Her New Video

    “It was just very clear to both of us that everything was different. That we had grown up.”

    You probably know that, yesterday, Taylor Swift released the highly anticipated video for her new single, “You Need to Calm Down”.


    The video is a massive celebration of LGBT pride, and takes place in a diverse and inclusive trailer park packed full of Taylor’s celebrity friends.


    Of course, it features a lot of hidden details and Easter eggs too.

    However, one of the biggest surprises of the video was the appearance of Katy Perry right at the end.


    Taylor, dressed as a box of fries, looks around a crowd of people having a food fight before spotting Katy, who’s dressed as a burger. They walk towards each other, hold hands, and dance before embracing.


    Anyone who follows pop culture will know that this is significant because Taylor and Katy have been locked in a feud since 2014. However, last year they appeared to lay it all to rest after Katy sent Taylor a literal olive branch ahead of the opening night of her new tour. Then, last week, Katy shared a photo of some cookies that Taylor baked for her, alongside icing spelling out the words: “Peace at last.”

    Everyone loved the surprise reunion of two of pop’s most iconic stars, and expressed relief that the feud was finally over.

    Katy-Taylor feud is over. 😊😭😱 #YNTCDMusicVideo

    Hooooyyyy!!!!! The feud is finally over My Katy & Taylor heart is cwayin 😭♥️ #YNTCDMusicVideo

    katy & taylor hugging as burger & fries...yay bffs! i need to calm down

    And now Taylor has opened up about the process of asking Katy to be in the video.


    Speaking to Greg James on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Taylor began by saying that she and Katy actually made up a long time ago, but decided to keep their reconciliation private.

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    She said: “We have been on really good terms for a while. But the first time we saw each other was at this party, and it was just very clear to both of us that everything was different. That we had grown up. That we had grown past allowing ourselves to be pitted against each other. It just was really, really clear that we remembered how much we had in common. Both of us have been in a really good place for a while, but I don’t know if either of us knew if we were gonna talk about it publicly.”

    Taylor went on to reveal that she had the idea to include Katy in the video for “You Need to Calm Down”, but wasn't sure if she’d want to be involved. So, Taylor sent Katy a text laying out the synopsis of the video and, luckily, she agreed to make a cameo.

    And it turns out that Katy actually gave Taylor the inspiration for the burger and fries costumes by dressing as a hamburger at this year’s Met Gala.

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    She explained: “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.’ 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 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.”

    So now we know!


    You can watch the full video for “You Need to Calm Down” here.

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    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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