Paramore’s Hayley Williams Finally Reveals Who 'Misery Business' Is About
By Paris Close
May 9, 2020
In speaking with Vulture, the band’s frontwoman opened up about the drama she experienced in the group, dropping a number of juicy tidbits along the way. One of the confessions Williams made pertained to what’s arguably the band’s most popular song, “Misery Business,” on which Williams vents her frustrations for a crush and his bratty girlfriend.
The 2007 song, which Williams wrote at 17 years old, has withstood the test of time, resonating with punk rockers and underdogs alike. She hung the track up a few years ago for its problematic lyrics, admitting in the past that it was written “from a very narrow-minded perspective.”
Despite ongoing speculations and fan theories, the inspiration behind the track has remained an unsolved mystery for Paramore lovers — until now. Williams finally confessed “Misery Business” was written about her former bandmate, Josh Farro.
"When I was 13 or 14 and I had a crush on Josh, he didn’t like me back. He would go hang out with his girlfriend, who I wrote 'Misery Business' about because I was a dick," she confessed to the outlet.
Josh and brother Zac Farro infamously departed Paramore back in 2010, until the Zac rejoined the band in 2017 alongside remaining members Williams and Taylor York. Together, the trio released the group’s latest record, 2017’s After Laughter.
Since then, Williams has forayed into solo artist territory. On May 8, Williams would unveil her debut solo studio album, Petals for Armor, via Atlantic Records.