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Artists Share Insights on these 3 Strong Divorce Pop Anthems


There is no doubt that music is a powerful tool that can change our moods, minds, and, even sometimes, our hearts. Accordingly, when a person is facing a difficult challenge, a new beginning, or an unexpected turn of events, music can help take the edge off, motivate, and make us feel just less alone. Divorce is no different, and music can help those going through the dissolution of marriage process feel empowered and amped up to move up and on. To help Chicago residents head into their divorce proceedings with power, force, and motivation, we share these 3 powerful divorce ballads and the artists’ inspiration behind them, as curated by Women.com. Put on your headphones, download these tunes, and get ready to feel pumped up!

Flowers, Miley Cyrus

Pop artist Miley Cyrus’ popular anthem “Flowers” gives audiences a taste of more than just her relationship with Austrian actor Liam Hemsworth. With lyrics such as “We were good, we were gold / Kinda dream that can’t be sold / We were right ‘til we weren’t / Built a home and watched it burn”, Cyrus said of the up-beat, “burn it to the ground” beat, “I wrote it in a really different way…The chorus was originally: ‘I can buy myself flowers, write my name in the sand, but I can’t love me better than you can.’ It used to be more like, 1950s. The saddest song.” However, Cyrus turned it around and made the song much more about a powerful split, adding, “The song is a little fake it ‘till you make it…Which I am a big fan of.”

Forgiveness, Mandy More

Singer and This is Us actress Mandy Moore was suppressed in her marriage and unable to make music the way she wanted. Her song “Forgiveness” conjures up memories of Moore’s interview with The New York Times in 2019, where she said regarding her relationship with ex-husband Ryan Adams, “Music was a point of control for him…I want to make music. I’m not going to let Ryan stop me.” Moore went on to sing in the ballad perfectly fitting for a divorce soundtrack, “”I wanted to be good enough for you / Until I wasn’t good enough for me / Will I forgive you? / Will I? / Will I forgive you? / You don’t get to know / Forgiveness, it isn’t for you / The forgiveness is for me.”

Breadwinner, Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves did not hold back any punches when it came to writing a hard-hitting track inspired by her divorce after her three-year marriage to Ruston Kelly. Musgraves said of not holding back on expressing herself through the song, “I don’t feel like I owe that to anyone, but I owe it to myself as a creator to flesh out all these emotions that I’ve felt, and I do that through song…It would be strange if I didn’t acknowledge what happened in my life creatively, but it is scary to be like, ‘I’m about to share my most personal thoughts about me, about this other person, about a union that I had with someone.’”

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