Musicians' most scandalous songs about exes

Miley Cyrus' new single 'Flowers' takes aim at failed marriage to Liam Hemsworth—on his birthday

Stars Insider

16/01/23 | StarsInsider


Ever heard the phrase "write what you know?" For years, musicians have told their life stories through music. But love stories don't always end how one expects. Just ask Ariana Grande or Stevie Nicks! 

Miley Cyrus' new single 'Flowers' is being hailed as another breakup anthem, and if there were any questions about who the song is about, you need only look to the release date: January 13, which happens to be her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth's birthday. But the connections don't end there. Beyond singing about how she can love herself better than he can, Cyrus sings in the opening verse, “We were good, we were gold/ Kind of dream that can’t be sold/ We were right till we weren’t/ Built a home and watched it burn,” which likely refers to the devastating Woolsey Fire of 2018 which destroyed the couple’s Malibu home. 

And then there's the Bruno Mars reference. The song mirrors Bruno Mars' chorus from his 2013 hit 'When I Was Your Man,' which fans say is a song that Hemsworth once dedicated to Cyrus after the couple broke off their first engagement back in 2013. And, finally, the singer's joyful dancing in the 'Flowers' music video is said to resemble the moves Cyrus pulled with Hemsworth in an Access Hollywood interview at the Vanity Fair Oscars party when a reporter asked how they dance together. Hemsworth chided her, "Don’t do it, don’t do it. Sweetheart, we’re on the carpet," Billboard reports. Well, she can take herself dancing now. 

Here's a roundup of some more of the spiciest songs written about exes, namely the ones with an extra slice of scandal. Click through to learn more. 

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