NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 2:16 PM
Andrew Hardwick (r.) the man who inspired Taylor Swift’s song “Teardrops on My Guitar,” was arrested for child abuse.
A teenage crush of Taylor Swift landed behind bars after being charged with child abuse.
Andrew Hardwick, who famously inspired the pop star’s 2007 hit “Teardrops on My Guitar,” was charged Saturday with abusing a 3-year-old girl, The Tennessean reports.
The 27-year-old was arrested in Hendersonville, Tenn., after police found the child had sustained a concussion and “severe bruising and lacerations” to her head. The injuries were so serious that the child was airlifted to a children’s hospital for treatment.
Swift name-checked Hardwick in her tearful ballad as “Drew,” a teen oblivious to Swift’s crush on him, lamenting that he was the “reason for the teardrops on (her) guitar.”
His wife, Joni, and a man named Christopher Hardwick were also arrested in relation to the incident. It’s unclear how Christopher Hardwick is related to the couple.
Andrew was said to have been upstairs with the victim and a 5-year-old girl when the incident took place. When the older girl accused Andrew of striking her in the face, Christopher went to confront Andrew and saw blood on the man’s hand.
Police officers called to the scene found that both men were intoxicated.
Authorities charged Andrew with aggravated child abuse and child abuse, Joni with simple assault on an officer and resisting arrest and Christopher with assault and disorderly conduct.
Taylor Swift pictured in the 2007 music video for “Teardrops on my Guitar,” which she wrote about her high school crush Andrew Hardwick.
All three have since been released from jail and are scheduled to appear in court early next year, with Andrew due in court Feb. 10.
The victim remained hospitalized as of Monday, and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Swift, 26, actually had a run-in with Andrew after “Teardrops on My Guitar” became a chart-topping hit.
The pop star told the Washington Post that her former crush arrived unexpectedly at her Nashville home a few years after she released the single.
“Wow, you’re late?” Swift recalled telling him.
“Maybe he was really trying to be friends,” she added. “Or maybe he thought I was still pining away from him.”