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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Singer/actor Justin Timberlake speaks onstage during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Sure, you love singing along to them in the car or belting them out karaoke night…

… but did you know that some of your favorite songs were actually written about some well-known faces?

Yep, some of your favorite celebrities have served as inspiration for the songs you listen to the most. Here are a few examples:

Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t”

The catchy tune was rumored to be about Sheeran’s brief relationship with fellow pop star Ellie Goulding, and her alleged cheating with former One Directioner Niall Horan.


Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean?”

Selena Gomez served as a major source of inspiration for The Biebs. He penned both of these major hits after his breakup with the star. Apparently, though, it is too late to say sorry, Justin.


Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”

By now we all know about the epic Taylor Swift-Katy Perry feud. The drama served as fuel for the song “Bad Blood” (and that unforgettable music video). It was also rumored to spark a retaliation on Katy’s part, in the form of the song “Swish Swish.”


Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”

How could you forget this music video, which featured Cyrus swinging naked on a wrecking ball and inspired thousands of Halloween costumes that year? The song was about her relationship with Liam Hemsworth, since the two had just split up at the time. Though the video may be strange, clearly it worked, since they recently got back together and are rumored to have secretly tied the knot.


Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”

Quite possibly the most famous breakup song of all time, this one documents the end of everyone’s favorite early 2000s couple. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake reportedly split due to Britney’s cheating with choreographer Wade Robson.


Next time you listen to these songs, you’ll have a different perspective as you picture the famous breakups, feuds, and cheating scandals that inspired them.



Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.