Back in May, celebrity websites were reporting that Adele's ex-boyfriend had called her several times to ask for a cut of her profits; he claimed that, since he inspired her album, 19, and then 21 was based on her devastating romance and breakup with him, he deserved some of her album royalties. Although she gives him some credit for "changing her life," she denied his financial claims.
Jane Valentine created a beautiful marble sculpture, Unrequited, while working through her devastating loss of a love. Will her ex come forward and ask for a cut of the statue's sale price? http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sticky-bonds/201202/lost-love-art-exhibit
What exactly do creative artists owe to their lost love muses? In my opinion... nothing.
Millions of people, every day, go through devastating heartache when they lose a sweetheart. Teenagers lose their first loves, adults get divorced (often not a mutual decision), and men and women worldwide reunite and break up for a second time. Most are so sad they don't want to do anything. Very few people have the ambition and talent to turn their romantic loss into art, music, a novel.