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Whit­ney Rose is a “story thief.” Those are her words.

The Prince Ed­ward Is­landraised, Texas-based coun­try singer is six years deep into a com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship, and de­spite the genre’s rep­utable can­dour, her own love story isn’t some­thing she’s too in­clined to share. In­stead, she up­holds the artistry of juke­box-era coun­try by pen­ning twangy in­ter­pre­ta­tions of other peo­ple’s great loves and losses. “I think my fella is dis­ap­pointed I don’t write more about it,” she laughs. “It’s just very dear to me, and when you’re an artist, you don’t get to keep much to your­self.”

Rose’s old-school brand of coun­try hear­kens back to the straight­for­ward sen­ti­ments of Patsy Cline or Dolly Par­ton, who used sway­ing melodies to de­tail the world-top­pling re­al­ity of love. “Love is a com­pli­cated thing, and the most sim­plis­tic genre is coun­try mu­sic,” she says, sound­ing po­etic even in ca­sual con­ver­sa­tion. “You know what they say: It’s three chords and the truth.”

That truth? Love can be a bitch. “I was a good stu­dent, I worked hard in school and I try to be a good per­son, but be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship that I truly care about and don’t want to see end is the hard­est thing I’ll prob­a­bly ever do,” she says. “Still, when I’m on my deathbed, I hope I’ll be think­ing about how I spent my time lov­ing.” Her favourite love song: “Then You Can Tell Me Good­bye,” The Casi­nos

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