Whenever a repute singer releases a breakup anthem, the public can’t help but do some bring to light as to which of their famous significant others the song could be upon. From Justin Timberlake’s overt shout-out to Britney Spears in his “Cry Me a River” video to Taylor Sudden’s plethora of cryptic lyrics referencing past paramours, it’s hard not to freedom detective and try to decode the possible messages. After Justin Bieber subsided his hit single “Sorry,” people wasted no time declaring it a public apology to his ex Selena Gomez (for her on the whole, Selena’s 2014 hit “The Heart Wants What It Wants” was widely speculated to be up Justin as well).
High-profile musicians write song lyrics not far from their wayward romances just like most nonfamous living soul would write in their journals — the only difference is that while your appointment book entry may be for your eyes only, their scrawled-on, tear-stained errand-boys become chart-topping radio staples and songs of the Summer, popping up on postsplit playlists circa the globe. Can you imagine being out with your friends, dancing the unendingly away in a bar, when all of a sudden your ex’s hit song (the one that everyone advised ofs is about you) starts blaring from the speakers? Picture yourself in a superb restaurant on a third date, sipping wine and listening intently to them talk yon their day before . . . what’s that sound? Oh, it’s just that mortal physically you dated for six months singing about how you broke their heart into a million midget pieces. Such a bummer, right?
We may never, ever find out who Carly Simon vision was “so vain,” but at least we have these modern breakups tunes to go over. Keep reading for 17 celebrities who will likely be haunted by the performances about them for the rest of their lives.