Taylor Swift is addressing Scott Borchetta's betrayal of Swift after she left Big Machine records for Republic in November 2018. When music manager Scooter Braun bought her former label
the following June, it gave him control of her back catalog, meaning Swift lost the rights to all songs on her first six studio albums. The songstress said she planned to re-record all her old records to devalue his purchase.And if I'm dead to you, why are you at the wake?
Cursing my name, wishing I stayed
Look at how my tears ricochet
Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly
Swift explained that the breakdown of her relationship with Scott Borchetta because of his actions felt like the end of a marriage. "I think that happens any time you've been in a 15-year relationship and it ends in a messy, upsetting way," she said.
As a result, while writing songs for Folklore
, she was "very triggered by any stories, movies, or narratives revolving around divorce", despite never going through the process herself.
Swift added: "So I wrote 'My Tears Ricochet' and I was using a lot of imagery that I had conjured up while comparing a relationship ending to when people end an actual marriage. All of a sudden this person that you trusted more than anyone in the world is the person that can hurt you the worst."