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ACM Awards 2015: Taylor Swift's mom explains the origin of 'Love Story'

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Seems even award-winning pop stars aren’t safe from embarrassing parents. Taylor Swift’s mom Andrea Swift presented her daughter with a Milestone Award at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards and managed to slip a funny anecdote into her otherwise heartwarming speech.

Andrea mentioned that she and the rest of her family are sometimes the inspiration for Taylor’s songs, as was the case with a song Taylor wrote when she was just 17. “Her dad and I strongly disapproved of a certain young man. And rightfully so,” Andrea said. “But she was mad, she was real mad, and so she went to her room and she closed the door. And she came out about an hour later with a song called ‘Love Story.'” 

Taylor eventually released “Love Story” as the first single off 2008’s Fearless, and it’s still her best-selling single to date. If only all angry teenagers were so productive.

Andrea went on to say she’s a “proud mom”—and to offer some thank yous. “I’d like to thank the ACMs for honoring her in this way, but I’d also like to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans, I know you love her as I love her,” she said. “And for that, I thank you eternally.”

Taylor herself thanked the country music community for supporting her when she announced she’d be making a pop record, 2014’s 1989. She kicks off the world tour for the album May 5 in Tokyo.