Fans were left pretty shook back in April, after AJ Michalka revealed that her and her sister, Aly Michalka‘s hit single “Potential Breakup Song” wasn’t about her ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas after all. Yep, fans were convinced for years that the shady track was inspired by her relationship with the Jonas Brothers singer, and now, the pop star has gotten real about it’s real meaning.
“It wasn’t connected to any particular person. We were just like, ‘Let’s write a break up song,'” she explained to Insider about the famous song. “At the time, we weren’t thinking it was going to be a breakup anthem, but it kind of became that, which is really cool.”
“None of it is ever a secret, we’re always willing to share,” the singer continued, when asked why she finally decided to set the record straight. “It’s just that sometimes, speaking on songs that existed so long ago and were a part of your childhood — whether it was a heartbreak or a great relationship or whatever it might be — you kind of feel embarrassed to go backwards and address it, because it was such a different chapter in your life. You don’t feel as connected to it anymore, now that you’re an adult.”
At the time, the blonde beauty sent the internet into a frenzy when she corrected a fan who had claimed the song was about Joe. Instead, she admitted that her song “Flattery” was actually about the “Sucker” crooner.
“‘Flattery’ not ‘Potential,’” the 28-year-old replied to a fan.
“I will admit if you’ll admit it / It’s harder than we both thought / It’s easier to fall apart / Look where we are / I can forgive it, I can’t forget it / You left me here with all these scars / And you can’t deny the hardest part: I’m not in your arms,” the lyrics to “Flattery” read. “We’re hurt more than we appear / The world will never know / We both have taste in tears my dear / You’re denying what I say / Don’t act like it’s okay / ‘Cause it’s not okay.”
“Its funny. Aly and I have gotten beyond the point of being embarrassed about our past,” AJ added.
For those who forgot, AJ and Joe first met on the Cheetah-licious Christmas Tour back in December 2005. And when she and her sis joined the Jonas Brothers on their Living Room Tour that summer, rumors started to swirl that they were a couple. By November 2006 though, they had broken up — although it’s still unclear what ultimately went wrong between them.
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