Taylor Swift seriously dodged a bullet. The inspiration behind her breakout single “Teardrops On My Guitar” has been arrested for child abuse.
Taylor Swift’s teenage crush has been arrested, according to shocking new reports. Andrew Hardwick, the man who helped inspired the singer-songwriter’s 2006 hit song “Teardrops on My Guitar,” was charged on Saturday, Dec. 26, with abusing a 3-year-old girl, according to the Tennessean.
The 27-year-old man was arrested in Hendersonville, Tenn., after police found the child who suffered a concussion and “severe bruising and lacerations” to her head. The injuries were so severe that the child was airlifted to a nearby children’s hospital for emergency medical attention.
Andrew’s wife, Joni, and a man named Christopher Hardwick were also arrested in relation to the serious incident. It’s unclear how Christopher Hardwick is related to the incident. Andrew was supposedly upstairs with the child and a 5-year-old girl when the crime took place. When the older sibling accused Andrew of hitting her in the face, Christopher confronted Andrew and noticed blood on his hand.
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Authorities called to the scene of the crime found that both men were under the influence of alcohol. Christopher told the authorities that he and Andrew were drinking since 4 p.m., according to the affidavits.
Taylor Swift wrote the song about the boy known as “Drew,” saying he was the “reason for the teardrops on (her) guitar.” Step back in time and check out the music video below.
Luckily for her, Andrew continued to ignore her in high school. The country-turned-pop singer told the Washington Post in 2008 that her former crush showed up unexpectedly at her Nashville home a few years after she became famous.
“He showed up at my house when I was leaving to go to a hockey game with Kellie and Carrie [Underwood]. This car pulls up and two guys get out, and one of them is Drew. I hadn’t talked to him in two-and-a-half years. He was like: ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ And I’m like: ‘Wow, you’re late? Good to see you?’ But we were civilized. I have theories about what he was doing. He had his friend with him, so maybe he was trying to prove to people that the song really is about him or whatever. Or maybe he was really trying to be friends. Or maybe he thought I was still pining away from him.”
In that same interview, Swift revealed that she didn’t need to date around or get into relationships to find new material for her albums, no matter what critics may think. She alluded to the fact that most of her songs are either greatly exaggerated or complete fiction.
“If you’re a good storyteller, you can take a dirty look somebody gives you or if a guy you used to have flirtations with starts dating a new girl or somebody you’re casually talking to says something that makes you so mad – you can create an entire scenario around that. You don’t have to date people or be married to people to write songs about them.”
Taylor Swift has obviously moved on from her high school crush. In 2008, she dated former JoBro Joe Jonas, but their short-lived relationship ended over a 30-second phone call. From August 2009 to November of 2010, Swift was spotted with Twilight star Taylor Lautner, who inspired “Back to December.” She’s also been linked to John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Connor Kennedy, and Harry Styles.
Nowadays, the singer has been content with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. The couple began dating February, shortly after they met at the 2015 Brit Awards. Taylor and Calvin have been laying low on social media, but made a resurgence on Instagram during their snow-filled trip to Colorado over the holidays.
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