Why Alanis Morissette and Ryan Reynolds ended things
Morissette has made it abundantly clear through her music that her split from Reynolds was one-sided … and it was not her choice. Her 2008 album, Flavors of Entanglement, included the single “Torch,” which the singer-songwriter has openly admitted was inspired by her breakup. “It’s really about my grief,” she told Access Hollywood. “I think the most painful, sort of suffering oriented moments in my life [are] when I’m resisting something … If I just say, ‘It’s true. I’m unbelievably insecure, really broken, devastated,’ then I can move through it, toward the next place. But if I keep resisting it, I’ll stay there forever.”
The lyrics to “Torch” made it clear that she didn’t see the split coming, with lines like “I never dreamed I would have to lay down my torch for you like this.” They also hint that she thought she and Reynolds had big plans together, with the verse, “I miss your warmth and the thought / Of us bringing up our kids.”
Morissette called the entire album-making experience “cathartic” in helping her get through the then-fresh breakup from Reynolds and told Women’s Health that the lyrics to her song “Not As We” were highly relevant to her post-breakup healing process. In other words, Morissette was not afraid to lay it bare that Reynolds left her with a broken heart.