Instead, Capaldi revealed that the single is in fact about his grandmother, who died shortly before he wrote the song.
Speaking at the BRIT Awards after winning Best Song for the track, Capaldi told the crowd: “Contrary to popular belief, a lot of people think that this song is about my ex who you can now see on Love Island. It’s actually about my grandmother who passed away several years ago. I hope to God that ITV don’t contact her to be on a reality dating show.”
He also said something similar to V Music in Australia this week too. “The song is not about a lady who I was in a romantic relationship with, it’s about my grandmother, who is dead. Fuck.”
He continued: “I was kind of writing for the album and I thought the album was finished. I had this little thing in my head like ‘You could try just doing one more.’ And I did try and do one more for like three months and nothing was coming. And then one day I sat at my piano, after the death, and I sat down and started messing around.”
Capaldi said he initially planned on saving the track for his second album, then joked: “Thank fuck I never did that, because my career would have been an absolute fucking tailspin. I would have flopped hard.”
‘Someone You Loved’ earned Capaldi a nomination for Song Of The Year at the Grammys, an accolade he drunkenly compared to “eating a whole chicken parm”.
Meanwhile, the Scottish singer said yesterday that he’s keen to record the next James Bond theme, provided he’s not “completely irrelevant” by then.