Katy Perry forgives Taylor Swift, calls rival 'fantastic songwriter'

Katy Perry (left) called Taylor Swift a "fantastic songwriter", but Swift has yet to respond.
Katy Perry (left) called Taylor Swift a "fantastic songwriter", but Swift has yet to respond.PHOTOS: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Katy Perry is ready to bury the hatchet on her long-running feud with pop rival Taylor Swift, calling her a "fantastic songwriter" and saying she thinks both can be examples of strong women in the music industry.

But Swift, 27, had yet to respond to the olive branch on Sunday and end the bad blood between two of pop music's biggest female singers.

"I am ready to let it go," Perry said in a global podcast on Saturday to promote her new album Witness. "I forgive her (Swift) and I'm sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I love her, and I want the best for her.

"And I think she's a fantastic songwriter," Perry, 32, added.

The feud, which started as a dispute over back-up dancers, has dominated the personal and professional lives of the two singers for more than three years and played out in their songs.

Swift on Friday released her back catalogue to streaming services, after eschewing most of such platforms for three years, on the same day that Perry released her new album Witness in what was widely seen as a bid to steal Perry's thunder.