10 Former Celebrity Couples That Wrote Songs About Their Breakup
What happens when two amazingly talented artists split up? We get awesome breakup songs about their relationships. The best breakup song says exactly what you’re feeling but never found the right words to say. When you sing it in the car at the top of your lungs, its meaning seems so poignant that you swear it was written just for you — but it wasn’t actually written for you.
Of course, if you’re a celeb dating a fellow artist, that breakup jam might very well be your own. Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Adele and Sam Smith have made careers singing about heartbreak, but sometimes the dumpee (or the dumper, depending) fires back with a song of their very own.
There’s no better way to air your old relationship’s dirty laundry than with a song. After all, a scathing breakup jam is way more interesting than reading about it in tabloids. These former celebrity couples wrote songs about their breakups — and if they were trying to be subtle, they didn’t do a very good job because we’ve totally figured them out.
Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez
SONG: "Sorry" — Justin Bieber
Justin sings, "I know that I let you down // Is it too late to say sorry now?" With the on-and-off-again nature of Bieber and Selena's relationship, this track about breaking up and trying to make up is a dead giveaway. If that wasn't enough, he pretty much admitted it. In an interview on Ellen, JB nervously hinted that three of the songs on his new album were inspired by Selena, naming specifically "What Do You Mean," "Sorry" and "Mark My Words" as being at least partially inspired by the singer.
SONG: "The Heart Wants What It Wants" — Selena Gomez
Sel's track opens with a voiceover in which she discusses a low point in her relationship. This tear-jerking opening wasn't scripted — it was captured through a microphone that was taped beneath a table in the room where Selena tried to compose herself. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, she admitted that she would frequently cry in the bathroom about the Biebs before she went on stage. Poor Selena!