Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift
Jon Bon Jovi celebrated his long and successful career while at the Television Critics Association panel for his upcoming docuseries, Thank You, Goodnight, and while there, he commented about how his songwriting process compares to another major musical icon, Taylor Swift.
Bon Jovi spoke to the audience about using his life experiences as inspiration for his songs as a teenager, saying, via ET, "That’s been the magic of 40 years of career. At 20, when I got a record deal, I didn’t have a lot else to write about except high school."
"And I didn’t break up with people like Taylor [Swift] did," he quipped, getting some laughs from the audience.
The joke is in reference to Swift's history of writing songs about people she dated, with a few notable tracks about relationships gone wrong including "All Too Well," "I Knew You Were Trouble," and "Back to December." Swift also explores many other subjects in her songwriting, including her high school experiences and her family, in tracks like "Fifteen," "Mean" and "The Best Day."
Whom Swift writes her songs about has been a hot topic around the artist for many years, and the singer has personally called out the media for how they focus on this.
She said in a 2014 interview with Good Morning America, via E! News, "You're going to have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh you know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,' and I think, frankly, that's just a very sexist angle to take." She compared herself to artists like Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars and noted how the media doesn't discuss their relationships and songs in the same way.
While Swift and Bon Jovi have never collaborated on a song, the two performed together once, taking on Bon Jovi's hit song "Livin' on a Prayer" with Prince William at the 2013 Winter Whites Gala.