Divorce is never easy and sometimes it can get really expensive. Skylar Grey, the singer, and songwriter, who is mostly known for penning the Eminem and Rihanna’s classic, “Love The Way You Lie” revealed that she had to sell her catalog to “afford” her divorce from Eliott Taylor.
According to Variety, Grey had to sell her song catalogs including “Love The Way You Lie,” Diddy’s “Coming Home,” and “Dr. Dre” in order to pay for her divorce settlement.
“Since 2017, I was going through a divorce and lawsuit, that was just wrecking me emotionally and financially. This past year, 2021, we finally resolved it, settled, I had to sell my catalog in order to afford the settlement, which was very sad in a way, because those songs like ‘Love The Way You Lie’ and ‘Coming Home,’ those are my babies.”
Grey and her ex-husband Taylor also co-wrote “Falling in Love Again” by Celine Dion for her 2019 album “Courage.” It was not noted exactly how much cash Skyler got from the sale.
Grey revealed that she never wanted to sell these catalogs since they were so close to her, but she is relieved because it helped her get out of her marriage.
“Nobody can tell me I didn’t write those songs just ’cause I don’t own the rights to them anymore. I didn’t want to sell them, but it was my only way to put the past behind me.”
“I have such a weight off of me now with the case being over, I’m not on the phone with lawyers every day, and I’m not having to pay all these legal bills anymore. Now I’m just focused on creating a new catalog and new money and new opportunities.”
“[My songs are] still near and dear to my heart and yeah, I will always treasure them, but it’s different now. Every time one of those songs get used in a movie or whatever, I don’t see any of that money anymore.”
“But unfortunately, the majority of what I got paid for my catalog went to taxes and my ex-husband.”
Grey made her way back to the spotlight with a new self-titled album which she describes as a “cathartic release” following her divorce. Odds are she will write many more songs, and hopefully, she won’t have to sell more of her musical babies.
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