updated 11/11/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/12/2012 AT 10:20 AM ET
But to those trying to put a famous face to those post-breakup anthems, the singer-songwriter explains just where she finds her inspiration – without revealing any names, of course.
“Some combinations of people are toxic, you know? You have to find the right one that isn’t just going to explode into fiery ash and destruction,” the Red singer, 22, tells Harper’s Bazaar in its December/January issue. “Despite all of that and how unpleasant it is, as a writer you get a lot from it. It’s a crazy justification system.”