Taylor Swift isn’t one to keep quiet about a painful breakup — as evidenced by her song Forever and Always, about her 2008 split from Joe Jonas — people.com reports.

“Writing songs about people is the only way I know how to do things,” Swift, 19, tells Seventeen. “I can’t wish I hadn’t written a song about someone, because if I hadn’t, that song wouldn’t exist. I just don’t find any joy in writing about things I haven’t been through.”

And don’t expect Swift to steer clear of other personal tunes. “Right now, my favourite thing to write about is love. And breakups. And boys. And feelings,” she says.

When it comes to which friends she relies on to get her through the tough times, “In Nashville, it’s Abigail (who’s mentioned in Swift’s song Fifteen), and Kellie Pickler. In L.A., Selena Gomez is one of my best friends. I’m also really close with Miley (Cyrus), Demi Lovato and Emma Stone.”