After days of lyric-teases on her Instagram page, Selena Gomez has now released the music video for her single The Heart Wants What It Wants, the only piece of new music from Gomez’s upcoming greatest hits album For You.
The video opens with a voiceover by a very emotional Selena, audibly crying while talking about being ‘completely shattered’. Gomez confirmed to Ryan Seacrest today that the song and her comments are about her relationship with Justin Bieber, leaving their current relationship status unclear.
Shot in black and white, The Heart Wants What It Wants pans back and forth between a teary-eyed Gomez and scenes of her with a male love interest cast as a stand-in for Bieber.
Gomez isn’t the first artist to release a break up song that has a clearly identified muse. Here are a few other artists that have take the truth-train all the way to the top of the charts.
Don’t Speak, No Doubt
Written About: Tony Kanal
After seven years as a couple, No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani and bandmate Tony Kanal called it quits. As if having to see your ex after a break-up isn’t difficult enough, the two were still bandmates. Somehow they made their friendship work and thanks to Stefani putting her emotions to paper, No Doubt scored one of the biggest songs of their career.
Written About: Chilli
Usher’s 2004 Grammy-winning album Confessions resulted in four huge singles and insight into the break-up between Usher and then-girlfriend Chilli from TLC. While the release of the title track Confessions Pt. 1 made many listeners believe the couple broke up because Usher cheated on Chilli and impregnated another woman, Confessions producer Jermaine Dupri later admitted that the song was actually inspired by his experience.
Picture to Burn, Dear John, I Knew You Were Trouble, Back To December, All Too Well, Taylor Swift
Written About: Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Harry Styles, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal
Taylor Swift may tell interviewers that she doesn’t discuss her personal life with the media, but that doesn’t mean she won’t leave a huge amount of clues in her lyrics and music videos. While Swift has never publically named names, lyrics, video clues, and Captain Obvious (ex. Dear JOHN) have lead fans to be able to make pretty solid guesses on inspires her break up tracks.
Cry Me A River, Justin Timberlake
Written About: Britney Spears
Justin Timberlake didn’t play his cards close to the chest when it came time to shooting the music video for 2002’s Cry Me A River. The former N’SYNC member cast a Britney Spears look-a-like to play his ex-girlfriend in the video for a song that was rumoured to be a response to Spears cheating on Timberlake with a back-up dancer.
You Oughta Know, Alanis Morissette
Written About: Dave Coulier
Alanis Morissette was able to turn heartbreak into one of the greatest break-up anthems of all time with You Oughta Know, securing herself a spot in music history by scoring nine Grammy nominations and five wins for Jagged Little Pill. The grunge-pop track single-handedly nabbed two of the Grammy wins and was reportedly inspired by Morissette’s break up with Dave Coulier of Full House fame. Cut. It. Out.
Someone Like You, Adele
Written About: Alex Sturrock
Notoriously quiet about her private life, Adele has never confirmed that Someone Like You and many of the tracks from her huge 2011 album 21 were about ex-boyfriend Alex Sturrock, but that kind of pain can’t just be made up on the spot.
Back to Black, Amy Winehouse
Written About: Blake Fielder-Civil
Great art is often made from great pain and that was definitely the case with Amy Winehouse’s 2006 Back To Black, an album that won five Grammys and is tied with four artists, including Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill, for most Grammy’s won in a year by a woman. The title song and much of the album was written about Winehouse’s then-boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil, who left Winehouse for his ex-girlfriend. The two later reunited and married, but divorced before Winehouse’s tragic death in 2011.
By The Grace of God, Ghost, Katy Perry
Written About: Russell Brand
As Katy Perry was soaring high with the success of her 2010 album Teenage Dream, her marriage to comedian Russell Brand was crashing down around her, a event that painfully unfolded in front of cameras during the taping of her tour documentary Part of Me. Perry’s latest album Prism featured Ghost and By The Grace Of God, two stand-out tracks that chronicled how Perry dealt with the pain of ending her first marriage to Brand.
Don’t, Ed Sheeran
Written About: Ellie Goulding
Though neither Ed Sheeran nor Ellie Goulding ever confirmed their relationship status, Sheeran did confirm that his song Don’t about a girlfriend cheating with his friend was in fact about the famous blond UK singer. The friend in question was One Direction’s Niall Horan and while Sheeran has said that he forgives both parties, we’re not so sure Goulding has forgiven him for the scathing song.
Wrecking Ball, Miley Cyrus
Written About: Liam Hemsworth
Fans of the Hannah Montana star were shocked with Cyrus announced her engagement to actor Liam Hemsworth when she was only 19 years old. Soon after, the pair’s relationship began to fall apart, with the heartbreak being chronicled in Cyrus’s song Wrecking Ball.