Meghan Trainor shares that 'heartbreaking' family drama created her new song, 'Bad for Me'

'I wrote it about real events that happened to me'
Meghan Trainor
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Meghan Trainor is opening up about the inspiration behind her new music and she isn’t holding anything back.

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Trainor recently released the lead single, “Bad for Me” from her forthcoming album, Takin' It Back, due October 21. In a recent interview with PEOPLE, she shared how personal the song actually is and the personal growth that helped her throughout the creative process.

“I wrote it about real events that happened to me,” she told the publication. “I really had a moment with my therapist where I wrote a letter to a family member and I sent it to them, and I thought that was perfect, but I got no response still, so it was heartbreaking.”

She continued, “And then I wrote the song, the chorus, immediately. I did not think it'd be the first single ever. But it felt too powerful and big to not try to go first with it, to also reintroduce people to Meghan, the mother—we have emotions and they're relatable.”

While some songs may reveal difficult times for Trainor, she says the new album is a complete return to confidence for her.

"It's me taking back my power and my confidence," she shared. “I’m going to do Title 2.0… I studied Amy Winehouse's ‘Rehab’ every day. And I studied ‘All About That Bass,’ and I was like, ‘Why did this work?’ And I tried to just do the best songwriting I could, have purpose, have meaning in my lyrics and also talk about s*** I need to talk about like, loving of my body all over again, especially after a C-section.”

Hear Trainor’s new single, “Bad For Me,” available now and be sure to check out her new album, releasing October 21.

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