Ever since the release of Katy Perry’s new single, the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Swish Swish”, fans have been wondering if this is Perry’s response to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”, which has been assumed to be about the alleged feud between the two pop stars.
One fan had the opportunity to ask Perry that question: Jimmy Fallon, who welcomed the “Bon Appetit” singer to “The Tonight Show” on Friday, querying coyly whether “Swish Swish” is “about anyone we know.”
And while Swift’s name didn’t actually come up, neither did Perry issue any denials.
“I think it’s a great anthem for people whenever someone’s trying to hold you down or bully you,” Perry replied.
“That’s kinda what this record is about,” she added. “It’s just like 360-degree liberation. ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ was this political liberation. ‘Bon Appetit’ was this sexual liberation. And now this, ‘Swish Swish,’ represents the liberation from all the negative that doesn’t serve you.”
During the interview, Perry also explained the meaning behind the “Witness” album cover, in which she hides her eyes with her hands as an eyeball peers out of her open mouth.
“The music has allowed me to travel which has reeducated my mind and changed my perspective on so much,” Perry said.
“So my education and my consciousness comes from my voice, and that’s how I see, and that’s how I witness you and that’s how you witness me and that’s why the eye is in the mouth,” she added. Watch: