Taylor Swift is embroiled in a cheating scandal, but it’s not quite what you think…
Swift’s High School friend Chelsea Alford has been speaking to the Daily Mail about exactly who inspired Swift’s scathing 2008 cheating song ‘Picture To Burn.’
Alford told the Daily Mail that the ‘Shake It Off’ singer wrote the song whilst she was attending Hendersonville High School in Tennessee, and it’s actually about her former classmate and now husband, Jason Alford.
“We were kind of good friends at school, later not so much,” she revealed, clarifying that the two broke off their friendship because she started to date Swift’s ex. “They dated in freshman year, but then after that, girl code, once you date an ex-boyfriend you’re not friends anymore,” she said. “‘Picture To Burn’ is about him. Because he’s always had big old trucks and stuff.”
For fans who aren’t as familiar with Swift’s earlier more country leaning sound, the song appeared on her self-titled debut album and hit #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboards’ US Hot Country Songs chart.
The song tells the story of her failed relationship with a boy and how she plans to burn any and all pictures of him. She sings, “I hate that stupid old pick-up truck you never let me drive/You’re a redneck heartbreaker who’s really bad at lying/So let me strike a match on all my wasted time/As far as I’m concerned, you’re just another picture to burn.”
“At first it was kind of like, ”Oh, that’s weird?” You know. I was shocked,” Alford revealed of the song. “But then it was kind of funny, it was so long ago now, who even cares,” she said. “We just thought it was funny. [Jordan] was like, ”I’m not a redneck! She makes me look like some redneck!” but other than that we just thought it was kind of funny.”
But it’s not all bad blood between the two. Swift’s former friend, who is now a teacher, described the star as “sweet” and “kind of goofy” and clarified that she does in fact write all her own songs.
After a string of failed romances, she also released to the DailyMail who she thinks the singer should date next. “I thought her and Jake Gyllenhaal were really cute together but that didn’t last long,” she said, admitting that she doesn’t think the blond beauty will “settle down and have a family for a while. She’s too boy crazy not to, but I think she will live it up for a while first. It sounds like she goes between crazy cat lady and dating people, it goes back and forth, why not have fun?”
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