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We Have The Receipts On Taylor Swift And Katy Perry's Alleged Feud

WE HAVE THE RECEIPTS.

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So, it turns out Katy Perry isn’t responding to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” with a diss track titled “1984.” The rumor started when a listing for “1984” showed up in Katy Perry’s BMI profile and fans went haywire.

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But as Billboard reports, Perry "was not involved in writing, singing, recording or registering this song," according to her managers.

But why would people believe Katy was writing a diss track in the FIRST place? Oh, only because the two stars currently have one of the biggest beefs in all of pop history.

Lucky for you, we've got the receipts on their blockbuster feud.

Let's rewind things to the beginning. The year is 2008 — George W. Bush is still president, and the Kardashians have been reality stars for less than a year — and Tay and Katy are hanging out the VMAs.

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All seems well in the music world. LOL, yes that's Miley Cyrus on the far right.

...and tweet nice things about one another.

Watching the Waking up in Vegas video. I love Katy Perry. I think I'm going to hang her poster on my wall now.

I guess at this point Taylor hadn't learned that the @ feature is free.

The Teenage Dreamer wanted to join forces with the country star!

@taylorswift13 You're as sweet as pie! Let's write a song together about the subject we know best... for my new record. It'll be brilliant~

Katy even made Taylor laugh!

@katyperry your last tweet made me burst out laughing. Oh my god that was classic.

I guess Katy has a great sense of humor?

@katyperry your last tweet was one of the funniest things i've ever read. "KITTY PURRY EW" hahahaha classic.

AND she knows how to throw a party, according to Taylor.

@Katyperry knows how to throw a birthday party! I would even go as far as to say it was party-licious. Best EVER. Happy bday, pretty girl!!

It's at this party that Taylor is photographed with a guy wearing a swastika on his shirt...WHOOPS.

OK, so I'm picking up some ~FrIeNdShIp ViBeZ~. (We're at the very end of 2009, FYI.)

@taylorswift13 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL GIRL! You deserve it all!

It's also around this time that Taylor starts dating chronic Lothario John Mayer.

The 2010 Grammys: another award show, another opportunity to take a ~candid~ pic together.

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I wonder what they're talking about? Maybe how silver shimmery dresses are SO in right now? Or maybe how the chicken was overcooked at dinner? IDKIDK.

This is also around the time (February 2010) when TSwift and John Mayer call it quits.

Then in April 2010, TSwift brought Katy out to sing "Hot N Cold" at the L.A. stop of her Fearless tour.

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You can tell by both their hairdos that 2010 was a simpler time.

The 2013 Grammys: Taylor and Katy shake hands, which seems...oddly formal, no?

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Just look at the random lady in the middle's face. She knows something is up.

Weeks later, Scott Myrick, a backup dancer who works with both artists (remember him he will be IMPORTANT) tweets a picture of a cake from Katy and what appears to be a cake for Taylor's tour. Katy replies cryptically.

Mothers always watching... RT @Scott_Myrick: Who wore the cake better? @TaylorSwift13 Barbie Or @Scott_Myrick Barbie!

WHAT DOES SHE MEAN?!

But Taylor is capable of firing shots of her own. Later in the spring, she tweets at Katy to "please never change"...without any context.

It could be a response to this tweet...or it could mean something else? DAMMIT, can these ladies just spell things out?!?

Then, more behind-the-scenes drama in the late summer, when three of Taylor's dancers on her Red tour jump ship to go work with Katy.

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One of these dancers was Scott Myrick, the guy who tweeted the picture of the two birthday cakes...AND the man who would eventually become "Right Shark" at this year's Super Bowl.

The three dancers left the Red tour after six months, right when Katy was beginning to promo Prism. BUT, this won't become important to the feud — publicly, at least — for another year.

Shifting gears, remember all that controversy over how Katy played copycat with the first song from Prism, as her single "Roar" sounded an AWFUL lot like Sara Bareilles' "Brave"?

Well on August 19, 2013 — just over a week after "Roar" hit airwaves — Taylor brought Bareilles onstage to sing "Brave" with her at the Staples Center. Taylor throws some major shade during the performance.

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Swift calls the song "so beautifully written" and "so original" before she brings out Bareilles. SHOTS. FIRED.

We'll get back to this in a little bit.

Let's jump forward about a year. It's September 2014, and Tay is gearing up for 1989's release. Everything is just rosy...and then her juicy cover story with Rolling Stone hits newsstands — as does shit to the proverbial fan.

The interview is ICONIC — do yourself a favor and read it here — but especially revealing is when Taylor discusses a track on 1989 titled "Bad Blood" and what — or who, to be exact — inspired the track.

Taylor tells Rolling Stone that the song was inspired by a fellow "female artist," but... she doesn't name her. What she does say, however, basically spills the metaphorical beans and thus, knowledge of this feud becomes public:

For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'

Then, the fellow female star apparently took the feud to the next level:

She did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies.' And it wasn't even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I'm surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It's awkward, and I don't like it.

Everyone was like, "Who the hell is Taylor talking about? Is it Miley? Is it Demi?" It didn't take too long to figure out, thanks to an interview from 2013 with one of Katy's backup dancers that resurfaces on the internet.

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In an interview with The Examiner, dancer Locky Brownlie detailed how he jumped ship from Taylor's Red tour to rejoin forces with Katy.

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Locky — along with two other dancers — left Taylor to join Katy's Prismatic Tour. He'd previously danced with Katy for her California Dreams Tour. In the interview, Locky reveals he "had got a little bored" with Taylor's tour, and furthermore said that working with Katy was a "completely different" experience than with Taylor, who he said was "very untouchable" and "a lot more protected" than the Teenage Dream icon.

And if there was even a shred of doubt as to the "Bad Blood" subject's identity, it was SHREDDED when Katy tweeted this sick burn the day after Taylor's Rolling Stone interview dropped.

Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing...

Also, stellar Mean Girls reference, Katy.

But this is an all-out war, meaning there are battles on other fronts. In October, Taylor sits down with Jack Antonoff for an MTV interview, who co-wrote "Brave" with Bareilles.

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Jack is also a frequent T. Swift collaborator ("Out of the Woods" and other work as far back as 2013).

In the sit-down session, Antonoff talk about 1989, and — GET READY FOR IT — how she avoided "brainless" and "evil pop" for her most recent record (WONDER WHO SHE COULD BE TALKING ABOUT). This wording is very, very important in relation to another interview Antonoff himself did with Time.

In the Time interview — which came out earlier in October — Antonoff (who also is dating Taylor bestie Lena Dunham) actually singles out Katy when he discusses music writing.

I like working with Taylor or Sara Bareilles or Tegan and Sara — where you're just in the room, talking about what stuff is going to feel like and sound like, and working from that perspective. It's not any of this bullshit of, 'Let's write a hit Katy Perry song.'

DAMN GURL. But — drumroll please — the Cold War of pop music was only beginning to heat up, as Katy was back in the spotlight as the headliner of the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.

The California Gurl was naturally doing A LOT of press in the lead-up to her Super Bowl performance, and naturally, the whole Taylor thing was bound to come up with the media.

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In an interview with Billboard, Katy offers up this JUICY one-liner about her beef with Swift:

But Katy's #iconic Super Bowl performance seemingly went off without a diss at T. Swift, and the rest is history, right? Well, not so fast...

I might be reading to much into this #HalftimeShowKatyPerry

During the beach-themed segment of Katy's performance where she sang "California Gurls," viewers were quick to point out her backup dancers wore "swimsuits" that looked eerily similar to a swimsuit Taylor wore while dating Connor Kennedy in 2012.

I'm not sure how exactly this is a diss... but with this pair's history, it has to mean something, right? RIGHT?!?

Then, more drama. Katy's cover story with Elle drops just a few days after the Super Bowl, and at first glance, she *seemed* to change her tune with regard to her rival.

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But DOES she really? In the interview, Katy notes that pop stars are "all characters" in the media, and says:

At first glance, it seems like our California Gurl might be extending an olive branch, right? I mean, she calls Taylor "sweetheart." Case closed: Perry is trying to patch things up, right?

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But when you ACTUALLY look at the quote, it can also be read as a dig: The media has labeled Taylor as "sweetheart," Katy says — that's Taylor's character to play in the pop arena. Shady, shady!

The tiff goes quiet for a while, until the Billboard Music Awards in May when Taylor debuted her "Bad Blood" music video...

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...and it was, as you know, a star-studded spectacle that basically looked like a mashup between Us Weekly and Sin City.

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Lena, Cara, Ellie, Zendaya, even CINDY CRAWFORD showed up for the video. It was pretty frickin' epic.

Then of course there was Taylor's BFF Selena Gomez, who starred as Arsyn, the antagonist of the video. Her look seemed a little ~familiar~, for lack of a better term.

Notice any similarities? THOUGHT SO.

In the aftermath of the "Bad Blood" video release, rumors began recirculating of a response track from Katy — this time, apparently with the man who's dated both ladies, John Mayer.

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John Mayer, such a troublemaker!

According to the U.K.'s Heat, Perry is out for "revenge" and is "determined to show people what she calls ‘the real Taylor.’" Heavy stuff!

But again, nothing concrete surfaced. Honestly, this feud really is "Hot N Cold," isn't it?

Two weeks after the "Bad Blood" music video premiered, pop star Ellie Goulding (who starred as Destructa X in the video) uploaded this photo to Instagram of herself partying with fellow T. Swift BFF/fairy goddess Lorde...AND KATY PERRY.

Katy Perry, Lorde, Ellie Goulding and more! 💃🏻

DAMMIT, ELLIE. This is why we can't have nice things.

Ohhh, I deleted that because I looked bad in it. And I think I was a bit drunk. And I thought it wasn't a very good example of myself. That's so funny that um, that's even a thing. No, I delete things all the time! ... I'm great friends with Katy, I'm great friends with Taylor. That's very silly ... I zoomed in on my actual photo, and I was like, 'no.'

This comes across as a little suspicious, seeing as Goulding is GORGEOUS and I doubt she's ever uploaded a bad picture of herself.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT, FOLKS: The complete "Bad Blood" feud of 2013–TBD.

On July 21, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj got into a bit of a Twitter tiff over VMA nominations.

@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..

Nicki claimed her original argument about why she wasn't nominated was not in fact directed at Taylor...

Nothing I said had to do with Taylor. So what jabs? White media and their tactics. So sad. That's what they want. https://t.co/AfcwoyDvpg

...and T.Swift tried to smooth things over with the rapper.

@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!! You're invited to any stage I'm ever on.

However, some were quick to point out that Taylor was nominated for Video of the Year for "Bad Blood" which is allegedly a takedown of Katy Perry.

Aren't you nominated for a video where you're pitting yourself against Katy Perry? https://t.co/5OpuTN9446

And a day later, just when you thought the dust settled, Katy herself weighed in.

Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman...

And then followed up with some Rihanna promo, for good measure.

The real travesty is where is the shine for #BBHMMVideo when VMA eligibility period was 7/7/14-7/1/15 & that gem dropped 7/1... @MTV

This post has been updated to include Katy Perry's tweet.