How Taylor Swift approached Katy Perry to be a hamburger in her new video

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift made their peace music-video official in Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” video – but there was a year-long process leading to the moment the two embraced, dressed like a hamburger and French fries.

In a new interview withBBC Radio 1, Taylor explains that she initially pitched the video idea to Katy via text and wasn’t sure if she’d be down to do it – but Katy was on board.

"I sent it to her and she was like, ‘I would love for us to be a symbol of redemption and forgiveness,’" Taylor says.

She adds that the idea for the burger and fries costumes wasn’t part of her initial treatment, but she was inspired by Katy’s burger outfit at the MET Gala after-party this year.

“I was like, ‘Can we do a burger and fries as, like, a metaphor for two people who belong together?’ Like people who are a perfect pair,” Taylor says. “And she thought it was really funny, so we did it.”

The two former rivals buried the hatchet after Katy sent a note and an actual olive branch to Taylor before her Reputation tour. When they ran into each other again, Taylor says, they realized they had “grown past allowing ourselves to be pitted against each other.”

They ramped up their reconciliation – or at least the publicity of it – just recently. Last week, Perry Instagrammed a plate of chocolate-chip cookies, bearing the words “Peace at Last,” with Swift tagged in the caption.

Following the release of the video, Swift toldE!that she and Perry have “really been on good terms for a while.” And yet, they were both apparently worried about making their friendship public.

“We didn’t know if we were ever gonna really tell people about it,” Swift said of their friendship. “We wanted to make sure that was solid between us before we ever made the public aware.”


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