Who Are Taylor Swift's Parents? She Wrote Several Songs About Their Divorce

Leila Kozma - Author

Feb. 5 2024, Updated 2:48 p.m. ET

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Megastar singer and songwriter Taylor Swift's parents got divorced sometime around 2011, without telling anyone about it. Too worried about offsetting Taylor's career, Andrea and Scott kept silent about their marriage troubles, sternly refusing to get the press involved throughout the legal process.

However, their breakup wasn't completely untraceable. As some Swifties claim, some of Taylor's songs allude to the emotional distress she experienced during her parents' divorce.

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Taylor refrained from publicly addressing her parents' divorce for the most part.

Andrea and Scott got married on Feb. 20, 1989, Fandom notes, and they stayed together for more than two decades.

The marketing specialist and the professional stock-broker bought a Christmas tree farm near Wyomissing, Pa., which Taylor still considers to be her first home.

"I went to the house I grew up in. I got emotional when I went into my bedroom, and there's another little girl's things in there," Taylor would later tell the crowd during a concert on her Reputation tour.

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In 2003, the family moved to Nashville, Tenn., to help Taylor build her career.

"My mom waited in the car with my little brother while I knocked on doors up and down Music Row," Taylor later recalled in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"I would say, 'Hi, I'm Taylor. I'm 11; I want a record deal. Call me," she recalled saying.

Taylor's foray into the music industry might have involved some old-fashioned, door-to-door salesmanship, but the strategy worked. Having spent some time exploring the Nashville scene, the singer was offered a deal with SONY/ATV Tree Publishing House in 2005, and her career took off shortly afterward.

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As Taylor began her ascend to international fame, her parents' relationship took a wrong turn. By the 2008 release of "Fearless," Andrea and Scott were facing severe problems. According to E! News, it was Andrea who would accompany Taylor on tour — while Scott tended to stay behind. This posed significant challenges for their relationship.

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"Andrea being on tour with Taylor full-time has really been hard on her relationship with Scott," told a family friend to Radar Online.

“[Taylor's] been going through a lot. The new album [2012's "Red"] will showcase the pain of her parents’ separation," another insider explained.

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Although Andrea and Scott's divorce remains relatively lesser-discussed, some Redditors are convinced that songs like "Mine" allude to the emotional difficulties Taylor experienced during her parents' divorce.

In 2024, an unsubstantiated report claimed that Taylor Swift's parents were getting back together and remarrying.

In January 2024, a report online claimed that Andrea and Scott had reconciled and planned to remarry, and that Taylor had supposedly announced it on social media as well. However, it doesn't appear that Taylor actually posted anything of the sort. Many fans are also having a hard time believing this alleged news.

"My friend just texted me 'Taylor Swift's parents are getting back together.' Like girlie what headline you believing now?" one unconvinced fan tweeted.

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