Proud Feminist Hayley Williams No Longer Relates to Paramore’s Early Songs

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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