By Shannon Carlin

Hayley Williams is no longer in the misery business and says her early songs with Paramore do not in anyway represent her current feminist beliefs.

In a post on Tumbler, the frontwoman explains that as a 26-year-old woman she does not relate to a song like “Misery Business,” which was off Paramore’s 2007 album Riot! and was written when she was just 17 years old. The song talks about her stealing a man away from another girl: “I never meant to brag/But I got him where I want him now/To steal it all away from you now/But God does it feel so good.” Something many have criticized for being anti-feminist.

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“I haven’t related to it in a very long time,” Williams wrote. “Those words were written when i was 17… admittedly, from a very narrow-minded perspective. it wasn’t really meant to be this big philosophical statement about anything. it was quite literally a page in my diary about a singular moment i experienced as a high schooler.”

Read what else Williams had to say about Paramore’s back catalogue on


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