Successful Women and Their Inescapable Exes

TW: abuse, overdose

Rihanna, Courtney Love, Marianne Faithful – all of these women have something in common. They all have prolific careers, and yet, they’re still asked about their exes in interviews to this day. 

We’re joined by Chanty & Lynx from Muses to dive into the why and how women in music are constantly minimized to their relationships, no matter how successful they are. 

Why is Taylor Swift criticized for writing about her exes? Why was Ariana Grande blamed for Mac Miller’s overdose? Why is Selena Gomez still asked about Justin Bieber in interviews? Tune in to find out. 

Listen to our crossover with Muses about MySpace Groupies here! You can also follow them on Twitter + Instagram.  

If you or someone you know is experiencing relationship abuse, you can reach out to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline for help. 

!!! As always this podcast is largely opinion-based. Nothing we say is anything out than our personal thoughts and feelings based on pre-existing knowledge or facts we’ve picked up and cited kindly for you below // If you’d like to discuss anything we talked about today in greater detail with us, you can find us on Twitter @Name3Songs or @sara_feigin & @jenna_million

Sources for Successful Women & Their Inescapable Exes

Why People Stay: It’s not as easy as simply walking away. (National Domestic Violence Hotline)

Why some women go back to their abusers (CNN by Elizabeth Landu, 2009)

People often stay in abusive relationships because of something called ‘trauma bonding’ — here are the signs it’s happening to you (Business Insider by Lindsay Dodgson, 2017)

Chris Brown Charged with Assault on Rihanna (Billboard, 2009)

Rihanna on friendship with Chris Brown in resurfaced interview: ‘We love each other’ (USA Today by Sara M Moniuszko, Sept 2020)

Rihanna and Chris Brown’s Ups and Downs Through the Years: Pics (US Weekly by Jessica Vacco-Bolanos, 2018)

Selena Gomez says she fell victim to ‘certain abuse’ while dating Justin Bieber (LA Times by Christi Carras, 2020)

Selena Gomez Details How She Felt Seeing Justin Bieber Move On So Fast With Hailey Baldwin (Elle by Alyssa Bailey, 2019)

People are coming to Ariana Grande’s defense after she received an avalanche of blame for Mac Miller’s death (Insider by Kirsten Acuna, 2018

Ariana Grande Turns Off Instagram Comments as Trolls Blame Her for Ex Mac Miller’s Death (PEOPLE by Alexia Fernández, 2018)

Watch Taylor Swift Shut Down ‘Sexist’ Music Critics (Time by Eliana Dockterman, 2014)

If you think Taylor Swift sings only about her exes, then you don’t get Taylor Swift (Washington Post by Emily Yahr, 2017)

Why Is The Weeknd Praised for Singing About His Exes When Taylor Swift Is Punished for It? (Marie Claire by Emma Henderson, 2018)

Strange Love: The Story of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love (Vanity Fair by MICHEL COMTE, 1992)

Marianne Faithfull: ‘I was in a dark place. Presumably it was death’ (The Guardian by Alexis Petridis, 2021)

Muses “EP 11: Marianne Faithfull,” 2016

Muses, EP 30: Courtney Love, 2017

Muses, EP 105: Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, 2019

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