Taylor Swift was so affected by the feud between her and label Big Machine Records over her masters that it felt like she was going through a ‘triggering’ divorce.
The Cardigan singer has been embroiled in a public war of words with the label after it emerged that Scott Borchetta sold her entire back catalogue of six albums to Scooter Braun, allegedly without her knowledge.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, who has named her one of their entertainers of the year, Taylor admits she was ‘very triggered’ by stories, movies or narratives that centred on divorce despite the fact she’s never experienced marriage separation herself.
She explained: ‘There’s no reason it should cause me so much pain, but all of a sudden it felt like something I had been through.
‘I think that happens any time you’ve been in a 15-year relationship and it ends in a messy, upsetting way. So I wrote My Tears Ricochet and I was using a lot of imagery that I had conjured up while comparing a relationship ending to when people end an actual marriage.
‘All of a sudden this person that you trusted more than anyone in the world is the person that can hurt you the worst.
‘Then all of a sudden the things that you have been through together, hurt. All of a sudden, the person who was your best friend is now your biggest nemesis, etc. etc. etc.’
Taylor, 30, reveals that she was inspired to write the lyrics to My Tears Ricochet after watching Oscar-nominated drama Marriage Story starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, and also after ‘hearing about when marriages go wrong’.
The Shake It Off singer is currently in the middle of re-recording her past albums after finally being allowed to do so with the end of her Big Machine contract.
She recently revealed that re-recording her early hit Love Story has been ‘the most fun’ song so far.