''I was 23 at the time. I was writing about relationships, like almost every songwriter does. It’s instinctive. I had no luck in relationships from the time I was in middle school through college. Every relationship blew up in my face. I had no girlfriend for more than four or five months. I had become the definitive lonely heart. I became totally disenchanted with women and wrote ''Apologize'' as the ultimate kiss-off song. It was the last song I was going to dedicate to relationships and it summarizes all of the relationships I had.'' - Ryan Tedder
''When I finished the song, I was so convinced that it was a hit that I said | would get a new job if I was wrong. Timbaland told me ''Apologize'' would've been a hit with or without me, as it was already a hit on the internet but what he did was speed up the process tremendously." - Ryan Tedder
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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