Charli XCX has written hits for everyone from Iggy Azalea to Icona Pop, but sometimes she wishes she’d kept those tunes for herself. In a recent interview with GRAZIA Australia, the “After the Afterparty” singer opened up about why she handed “Same Old Love” over to Selena Gomez.
“This [particular] song was something I had written and she loved it and felt it related to her,” Charli XCX explained. After hearing Sel perform it, she wanted to sing it herself but ultimately decided the song would mean more coming from Gomez.
Why? “She had such a high profile relationship [with Justin Bieber], which was all over the press. It felt very real coming from her, and I think a lot of the audience could really connect because of what had been going on. It was cool that she really brought that song to life.”
Jelena’s on-and-off romance had fans talking for months until Selena’s tearful performance of “The Heart Wants What It Wants” at the 2014 American Music Awards — the exact moment she said she got over her ex. So it’s fitting that “Same Old Love,” which is all about a relationship gone sour, became her next single in 2015.
As Charli put it, this empowering breakup song had found its “perfect home” in Sel.