The All-American Rejects guitarist Nick Wheeler writes the music for their songs, while lead singer Tyson Ritter handles the lyrics. Ritter was 18 when he wrote this song, and it was inspired by real events; Ritter says he had a rough relationship and found it difficult to move on after the breakup. His heart may have been crushed by a former love, but he soon found a new one: the model/actress Kim Smith, who had a starring role in the 'N Sync "Bye Bye Bye
" video. Ritter and Smith dated for about 6 years, which meant he had to evolve as a songwriter; with no more real life heartbreak to draw from, he had to create drama for songs like "Dirty Little Secret
" and "Gives You Hell
." After the breakup, Ritter went through an understandable period of boorish behavior and lack of productivity, but was once again able to write from experience on songs like "Beekeeper's Daughter
." In 2012, Nick Wheeler, who went through a similar breakup, told us how they got through it: "What we learned in writing this record (Kids In The Street
, 2012) is we just really had to push ourselves even harder. Lyrically, Ty had to dig way deeper than he had before. We've been doing this for a decade and we've had lots of life-changing experiences, both personally and professionally, and there's plenty to say, there's plenty to write about. It's just, in order to air this stuff out in public, it takes some digging, and some confidence, and a lot of bravery."