Who were the women who inspired many musicians to write classic love songs?
Many women would love to have a hot rock star pen love songs about them. Some women have been lucky enough to be the muse behind famous hit love songs. But who were they? And why were they so captivating to our favorite artists?
Let’s take a look at who were the captivating women that inspired so many famous love songs.
1. “Cry Me A River” – Britney Spears
by Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were childhood sweethearts. They first met during their time in the Mickey Mouse Club. It was here that they first developed feelings for one another.
However, it wasn’t until they were much older that they struck up a relationship. Spears gushed over how in love with Timberlake she was. Timberlake was smitten with her.
Sadly, in 2002 Timberlake became devastated upon discovering Spears had cheated on him. He took this heartbreak and used it to pen his famous song “Cry Me A River“.
In the video for the song, he even uses a model that looks just like Spears. Spears was quite shocked at first. But ultimately she accepted that he needed to get his revenge for what she had done.
2. “Hearts And Bones” – Carrie Fisher
by Paul Simon
Carrie Fisher led a turbulent life, and her love affair with Paul Simon was no different. They met while Fisher was filming Star Wars in 1977.
Simon and Fisher spent less time married than within their whirlwind love affair. However, they couldn’t get enough of each other even when they would separate. They split and returned to each other many times.
Simon supposedly wrote a few songs about Fisher during their time together. But most poignant was his hit “Hearts and Bones“. It is a song about trying to create a real love that is not shrouded in unrealistic expectations.
Despite their magnetic attraction, it was their similarities that eventually drove them apart. Fisher once said “The bad thing about my relationship with Paul was that we were similar animals. Where there should be a flower and a gardener, we were two flowers. In the bright sun. Wilting“.
3. “Layla” – Pattie Boyd
By Derek and the Dominos
Pattie Boyd was still married to Ringo Starr of Beatles fame when Eric Clapton fell in love with her.
Clapton had also recently read the love story “Layla and Majnun“. He felt the story of unrequited love related to his feelings for Boyd. So he penned the song “Layla” which would become a hit for Derek and The Dominos.
Two years after Boyd divorced Starr, Clapton could final fulfill his dream of being with her. They married in 1979. Sadly, they would ultimately divorce in 1988.
Unrequited love is painful, but its fantasies are a lot sweeter than the cold heart reality of real love. The song “Layla” is a favorite for many hurting souls who can’t seem to capture the heart of the person of their dreams.
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