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9 of your favourite songs that were written about other celebrities

Miley Cyrus reveals the inspiration behind Katy Perry's 'I Kissed A Girl'

According to Miley, Katy penned the hit with her in mind.

In an unlikely turn of events, Miley Cyrus has revealed herself to be the inspiration behind Katy Perry's hit I Kissed A Girl. Confused? Same.

Speaking on the radio, the Wrecking Ball singer said: "When she came out with I Kissed A Girl I was doing the Hannah Montana movie and I heard her on the radio. They said "Who'd you write that about?" and she said me... and I heard it and I started screaming and freaking out."

Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl

While we don't totally understand how Miley served as inspo - the two hadn't met at this point back in 2008 - the singers have been firm friends ever since and the song was a hit and scored Perry five weeks at No.1 in the UK.

But Katy isn't the first singer to use another star as lyrical inspiration. From Taylor Swift's infamous tracks to Ed Sheeran and Gwen Stefani, here's a look at the songs you didn't know were inspired by other stars.

Mariah Carey - Obsessed

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About: Eminem

This musical back and forth is as confusing as it is long-winded, so we'll keep it short. Apparently Eminem claims that he and Mariah were an item, for "a good six, seven months" according to Mathers, and the lyrical dissing has evolved from Mariah's insistence that they weren't, in fact, a couple.

Eminem referenced the star twice on his album The Eminem Show, Mariah threw it back to Mathers with a mention on Clown ("should've left it at 'I like your music too'"), Eminem played alleged voicemail messages from Mariah on his Anger Management tour and, eventually, Mariah released Obsessed. Told you it was long-winded.

Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean

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About: Selena Gomez

The on-again off-again relationship between the two pop heavyweights (current status: off) has resulted in a whole lot of speculation surrounding coded lyrics and hint-heavy music videos from both parties. But we can all stop wondering for a while, because Biebs revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that What Do You Mean, Mark My Words and a "little bit" of Sorry were about Selena.

In more recent Jelena news, fans are suggesting that Selena's upcoming single, Bad Liar, can't be about anyone other than Justin. The track drops on the 18th May, so I guess we'll find out then...

Ed Sheeran - Don't

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About: Ellie Goulding

Rumours swirled for months that Ed's hit track about a messy break-up was about Ellie Goulding, his rumoured girlfriend, cheating on him with close friend Niall Horan.

While the crooner hasn't ever confirmed that that's the case, he has revealed that he and Goulding were an item when they attended the 2013 MTV VMAs. Fast forward two years and everyone was convinced that Ellie's 2015 track, On My Mind, was her reply to Ed. The lyrics are damning ("You wanted my heart but I just liked your tattoos") but Ellie's never elaborated.

Four years later and, according to Ed, the drama has well and truly died down: "That’s the end of it. I’m grateful I could get a song out of it, to be honest." Everyone's a winner, right?

Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble

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About: Harry Styles

Perhaps the most prolific of the heartbreak-to-hit gang, Taylor has penned many a song about her ex-boyfriends. From I Knew You Were Trouble, Style and Out of the Woods (supposedly about Harry Styles) to The Last Time and All Too Well (supposedly about Jake Gyllenhaal) to Dear John (supposedly about - you guessed it - John Mayer), Swift regularly turns her upset into album sales.

Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River

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About: Britney Spears

Not only did Justin Timberlake pen a song about Britney, he went one further and hired a lookalike to feature in the video (y'know, just in case you weren't entirely sure who the song was about) but it was only recently that JT 'fessed up to songwriting about his ex: "I was on a phone call that was not the most enjoyable phone call. I walked into the studio and he [Timbaland] could tell I was visibly angry" and hey presto, Cry Me A River was born.

Britney released Everytime a few weeks later in what was, apparently, a response to JT. Young love, eh.

Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl

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About: Courtney Love

While we can all agree that Hollaback Girl is a total tune, it's safe to say that its origins are well and truly rooted in famous feuding. Dissing Gwen in an interview with Seventeen magazine, Courtney said: "Being famous is just like being in high school. But I'm not interested in being the cheerleader. I'm not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She's the cheerleader, and I'm out in the smoker shed."

While we don't advocate trash talking, this fight scored Gwen a UK Top 10. Every cloud and all that.

Katy Perry - By The Grace of God

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About: Russell Brand

The pair wed in 2010 and divorced a little under two years later. The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory and paint a picture of a pretty distraught Perry trying to make her way through the heartbreak.

Speaking during an interview with The Project, Katy Perry alluded to the relevance of her lyrics: "I can only write autobiographically. I put all the evidence in the music. I tell my fans if they want to know the real truth about stuff, just listen to the songs."

Taylor Swift - Bad Blood

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About: Katy Perry

Does this one really need explaining? Allegedly born of a feud about backing dancers (Swift apparently said that a certain female musician tried to sabotage her by hiring some of her team), the backstory of the 2015 hit is still being spoken about to this day. If you're wondering what Katy thinks of it all, wonder no more...

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly earlier this month, Perry said: "I think [my new album is] a very empowered record. There is no one thing that's calling out any one person. One thing to note is: You can't mistake kindness for weakness and don't come for me. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. And that's not to any one person, and don't quote me that it is, because it's not. It's not about that."