7 Artists Who Actually Said Their Famous Ex’s Name in One of Their Songs
People all over the world cringed for days when Robin Thicke released his Paula album back in July 2014 in hopes of winning back his ex-wife, Paula Patton. The “Blurred Lines” singer’s desperate attempt was pretty freakin’ intense, and while no one else has gone quiiiiiite as far when it comes to using music to talk about a past relationship, many have gotten close.
Taylor Swift’s 1989 features tons of songs that are speculated to be about her past romance with Harry Styles (you didn’t really think “Style” was a coincidence, did you?), but she’s been calling out her former flames for YEARS. And while Tay is definitely the first person that comes to mind when we think of musicians who kick a** and take names (literally), there are many others who have done the same exact thing.
The Ex: John Mayer
The Lyrics: Dear John, I see it all now that you're gone / Don't you think I was too young to be messed with? / The girl in the dress, cried the whole way home, I should've known - "Dear John"
Taylor Swift is known for putting her entire heart and soul on display through her music; "Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he don't see" was the opening lyric of one of her first hits. But as she's gotten older and become more successful, the singer has pulled back when it comes to being SUPER obvious about who her songs are about. Well, most of the time...
While "Dear John" could be played off to be about 'Dear John letter,' which were notes written to soldiers overseas telling by their S.O. them that the relationship was over, we're pretttttty sure it's more than coincidental that she just so happened to split with John Mayer around the same time.