5 Popular Heartbreak Songs That Were Based On A Real Life Ex

Miley Cyrus image via Wrecking Ball//YouTube

Did you know that some of the biggest songs you have been jamming to or sometimes, crying to were inspired by real life events?

Most singers and rappers put their experiences and emotions into their music and for these artistes, these popular songs came at a time when they had just recently ended a relationship. It must have been hard being the “Ex” they sang about because these songs were so popular and was everywhere!

Imagine trying to move on and everyone around you is singing the song your ex made about you.


These are our top ‘most popular, real life heartbreak songs’:

Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake.

Justin Timberlake’s 2002 hit “Cry Me a River” (and the accompanying music video) was aimed at Britney Spears, who was rumoured to have cheated on him with choreographer and frequent collaborator Wade Robson.

We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

The actor, Jake Gyllenhaal is rumoured to be at the centre of Taylor Swift’s songs, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “All Too Well.” The two hooked up in 2010, and between the lyrics, music videos, and liner notes from Taylor’s Red album, fans have long speculated that Jake had a lot to do with its creation.

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus have had a very on and off relationship for so many years including a recently failed marriage but, let’s focus on “Wrecking Ball”. The actor is said to be the inspiration behind the 2013 hit song “Wrecking Ball.”

The pop ballad, which included lyrics like “Don’t you ever say I just walked away / I will always want you / I can’t live a lie / running for my life / I will always want you,” was literally everywhere — it burned up the Billboard charts, and the now-infamous video (in which Miley swung around nude on a giant wrecking ball) won video of the year at the 2014 VMAs.

I Don’t F*ck With You – Big Sean ft E-40

Big Sean’s big hit “I Don’t F*ck With You” was reportedly written about the former GLEE Actress, Naya Rivera after they broke off their engagement in April 2014. It was pretty hard to escape this song in early 2015, especially on dance floors; the catchy beat and aggressive lyrics had everyone screaming expletives at their no-good exes. 

Runaway – Kanye West

Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is full of iconic tracks, many of which happen to document the end of his two-year relationship with the model Amber Rose, in painstaking detail. Hits like “Runaway” and “Hell of a Life” shine a light on their rocky relationship, and the album as a whole is still considered an ode to Amber.

In a GQ profile in 2015, Amber revealed that she wasn’t going to listen to the album at all, but had “caught bits” of the album while out in public. “I’ll hear songs and I’m like, ‘Oh, he said that about me,'” she said, adding, “No one knows what he’s talking about but me and him.” She went on, “They’ll be like, ‘That’s a cool song,’ and I’m like, ‘That happened to us when we were together.'” When she hears some of his verses, she admits, “Obviously, I know he’s talking to me through music.”

Source: Pop Sugar

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