“The first single from #KP5 is called #DAISIES, and she’s coming MAY 15, 2020,” Katy Perry announced on May 7 while sharing the song’s cover art. It didn’t take long for fans to go all “Galaxy Brain” with conspiracy theories – specifically how this upcoming “Daisies” may feature her nemesis-turned-friend Taylor Swift. At 1:27 pm EST on May 7, Taylor posted a picture of herself holding a wine glass. “[wine emoji, snake emoji] biiig isolation [snake emoji, wine emoji],” she captioned the picture. Swifties noticed that she was wearing a sweater covered with flowers, which sent them all reeling.
“HEAR. ME. OUT. Taylor is wearing a daisy shirt,” tweeted @rainycabridee. “Katy referenced [‘You Need To Calm Down’] two days ago. Taylor posted 1 hour and 25 minutes after Katy… THAT’S 85 MINUTES…. Those numbers are coming back.. what if we get a big announcement tomorrow, maybe a collab on Katy’s #DAISIES.” The reference in question was Katy sharing a picture of her Kary Perry Collection sandals (“Stick and stone may break your bones, but Daisies are the friendliest flower”), and Taylor’s announcement was about her “City of Lover” concert special. Still, good theory.
Others, like @BlessedSwifty, noticed how May 7, 2020, was the second anniversary of Taylor’s “Reputation” stadium tour, and the anniversary of when Katy sent a literal olive branch to Taylor. Plus, adding fuel to the fire was the official @AmericanIdol account. While retweeting Katy’s single announcement, the account wrote, “We can’t wait to play this like 1,989 times in a row.” That just seems like trolling, since ‘1989’ is not only the year that Taylor was born, but was also the title of what is arguably her biggest album ever. @TS7Track3 couldn’t believe @AmericanIdol would do that, and thinks that we’re about to experience “A MOMENT IN POP CULTURE.”
After five years of “Bad Blood,” Taylor and Katy publicly buried the hatchet when Katy appeared at the end of the “You Need To Calm Down” video. “We have been on really good terms for a while,” Taylor said after the video was released. “So, the first time we saw each other was at this party and when we saw each other, 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 sort of be pitted against each other. It just was really, really clear that we remembered how much we had in common.” They may now have a song in common if fans’ theories are correct.