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Katy Perry stars in Taylor Swift's brand new video for ‘You Need To Calm Down’

It seems that they are officially friends again! The two singers embrace in the star-studded video for the anti-bullying anthem

Katy Perry stars in Taylor Swift's 'You Need To Calm Down' video. YouTube / Taylor Swift 
Katy Perry stars in Taylor Swift's 'You Need To Calm Down' video. YouTube / Taylor Swift 

Taylor Swift has just released the rainbow-coloured video to her newest single, You Need To Calm Down.

The three-minute video includes a riot, wedding, tea party, cake fight and plenty of celebrity cameos, most notably from Katy Perry, who Swift famously had a public feud with dating back to 2014.

Aimed at combating online trolls, Swift sings "You need to just stop / Like can you just not?" as she sunbathes while ignoring the haters screaming at her from the other side of a fence.

A colourful pool shot in Taylor Swift's You Need To Calm Down video. YouTube / Taylor Swift 
A colourful pool shot in Taylor Swift's You Need To Calm Down video. YouTube / Taylor Swift

The video is certainly star-studded. As well as Perry, the line-up of A-list names includes: Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, Dexter Mayefield, Karamo Brown, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Antoni Porowski, Ciara, Jonathan Van Ness, Adam Lambert, Billy Porter, Hayley Kiyoko, Justin Mikita, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Chester Lockhart, Hannah Hart, Todrick Hall, Adam Rippon and more.

Ryan Reynolds stars in Taylor Swift's 'You Need To Calm Down' video. YouTube / Taylor Swift 
Ryan Reynolds stars in Taylor Swift's 'You Need To Calm Down' video. YouTube / Taylor Swift

Perry's appearance in the video sees her wear the burger costume she wore to the 2019 Met Gala, while Swift donned a complementary French fries suit.

Watch the full video here:

Swift dropped the video on Good Morning America as a follow up to Me!, featuring Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie. Up-beat hit Me! was the first single released from her upcoming album Lover, which is out on August 23. Its video smashed YouTube records, with the biggest female and solo 24-hour debut on the site to date.

And it seems You Need To Calm Down is set to be just as popular, as the video had over 464k views less than 30 minutes after premiering on YouTube.

The forthcoming album is Swift's seventh and her longest yet, with 18 tracks revolving around the theme of romance, a brighter direction than her last record Reputation.

"I think you can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through conflict or dealing with things in your life," said Swift to an Instagram Live stream on June 17.

She continued, "I think [the songs on the album] just looks at these things with a very romantic gaze."

Updated: June 17, 2019 04:49 PM

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