Taylor Swift’s ‘Teardrops on My Guitar’: The True Story of Teenage Crushes and Crime

by Outsider
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One of the most popular Taylor Swift songs of all time is “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Any Taylor fan worth their salt has heard this hit, and it’s resonated with country music fans all across the world.

But while you may know the lyrics, are you aware of the story behind the song? Interestingly enough, there’s a true tale that inspired the music, and it even has an element of crime to it. Here’s the true story behind “Teardrops on My Guitar.”

The Taylor Swift Teenage Crush Saga”Teardrops on My Guitar”

“Teardrops on My Guitar” was inspired by Taylor Swift’s teenage crush on a boy named Andrew Hardwick. He went by “Drew,” the very same name Taylor is referencing in each line of the song.

The entirety of the track is about a teen girl’s frustration and sadness that the classmate she has feelings for doesn’t notice how much she really cares. He’s unaware of her crush and instead talks about his girlfriend to Taylor, who pretends she loves to hear it.

It’s something many of us have likely been through before: unrequited love. Taylor longs for Drew, and while the pair are friendly, it seems she just can’t summon the strength to tell him how she really feels. He won’t notice, either.

Oddly enough, as soon as the real Drew heard the song, he ended up asking Taylor out. But it was too little, too late. The budding songstress rejected him as she wanted to focus on her career. The tables certainly had turned.

The Chilling Criminal Charges on Andrew Hardwick

There’s a very dark side to the story, however. Later on in life, the very same “Drew” that inspired the song ended up with something of a terrifying criminal charge.

In 2015, Andrew Hardwick was arrested and charged with child abuse. He was one of three people arrested in Hendersonville, Tennessee in relation to the abuse.

He was accused of injuring a 3-year-old girl to the point where she suffered bruising and lacerations. While of course, these were charges and accusations, it makes Taylor Swift’s history with Drew a bit more disturbing.

Perhaps Taylor had a chilling premonition when denying Drew his date — it might have all turned out for the better this way.