Taylor Swift’s ‘Picture to Burn’ Inspiration Is Revealed; Former Rival Shares the Story

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
Taylor Swift’s ‘Picture to Burn’ Inspiration Is Revealed; Former Rival Shares the Story

Taylor Swift is considered one of the most famous songwriters because of her unique way of putting story into writing. Most of the stories in her songs are based on her own experiences with love and heartbreak. That is why a lot of people can relate to her that resulted into massive fandom. However, what would you feel if you were in a famous artist’s song which was all about bitterness?

The 25-year-old singer was known for writing songs about her exes. Swift wrote one of her angriest songs about her first boyfriend who left her and romanced her close friend. The 2008 hit “Picture to Burn” was about her high school sweetheart, Jordan Alford.


Alford was Swift’s classmate at Hendersonville High School in Tennessee. He pursued another classmate named Chelsea after his relationship with Swift. Chelsea is Alford’s wife and the mother of his child in the present.

According to MailOnline, Chelsea said Swift was a good friend at school. She explained that Swift and Alford dated during freshmen year. When they broke up and she came into the picture, Swift was not friends with her anymore.

Swift believed in the code that a girl must not date her friend’s ex-boyfriend.

At first, Chelsea thought it was weird that the song was about them.

“But then it was kind of funny, it was so long ago now, who even cares,” Chelsea told MailOnline.

The couple knew about the song’s message because of Swift’s bestfriend, Abigail Anderson.

The 24-year-old kindergarten teacher Chelsea shared that she and Swift had an argument about Jordan near their lockers.

“We were 14, we were just being girly, snarky,” Chelsea told MailOnline.

Chelsea remembered that everyone in their school was excited about Swift’s first album. They seemed to be making it a game of figuring out who was Swift talking about in each song.


“There were other songs on there about people that we talked about more probably, like Tears On My Guitar, about the guy she never dated, we were like ‘that’s a little odd,’” the former rival shared.

Mrs. Alford said Swift really was a songwriter. However, nobody in her school believed Swift was going to be famous.

She described Swift as sweet and “kind of goofy.” She even revealed that Swift sometimes wrote songs during classes and was not paying attention. She even recalled Swift speaking in British accent and her fascination with Hugh Grant in the movie “Love Actually.”

Chelsea shared that she and Swift already got over the whole Jordan thing. They often see each other around town. Swift even had a chat with Chelsea and her sister over coffee at Starbucks.

The ex-rival admitted not purchasing Swift’s latest record yet but liked the song “Shake It Off.”

Here's an excerpt from “Picture to Burn,” which really showed Swift’s anger: “State the obvious, I didn’t get my perfect fantasy. I realize you love yourself more than you could ever love me. So go and tell your friends that I’m obsessive and crazy. That’s fine I’ll tell mine that you’re gay.”

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