Almost 13 years after the hit song “Misery Business” first hit the airwaves, Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams has revealed who the song was actually about, and her admission just might surprise you.
When talking with Vulture about her time in the band, the now 31-year-old reflected on writing the song that skyrocketed them to stardom.
“When I was 13 or 14 and I had a crush on Josh [Farro], he didn’t like me back. He would go hang out with his girlfriend, who I wrote ‘Misery Business’ about because I was a d**k,” the songstress admitted.
She also reflected on the sexism she received after Josh and his brother Zac Farro left the band back in 2018. At the time, they wrote a blog post on Paramore’s website that painted her as “tyrannical leader,” claiming that they had been “riding on the coattails of Hayley’s dream.”
“I find it interesting that bands we’ve loved who have been through lineup changes — even bands who haven’t — have been honest about how much they hate each other, and you never question their loyalty,” she explained. “I wonder if it’s simply because I’m a woman? I could have had a d**k and the story wouldn’t have gotten any traction. For a long time I was mad. Now I look back and I think we needed that to happen. There needed to be infections cut out. We needed to shed blood.”
Now, Hayley said there’s no bad blood between her and the Farro brothers.
“Now, when I run into Josh, I barely feel anything. No part of me is triggered,” she said. “You know what I feel? If I can remember right, this is what [guitarist] Taylor [York] and I said to Josh when we ran into him in a coffee shop. We said, ‘We did something that was so crazy and unbelievable. One day we were at school together. The next minute we were at Wembley!'”
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