Hayley Williams was born to parents Joey and Christie Williams, in Meridian, Mississippi. Williams is the eldest of two sisters. In 2002, at the age of 13, Williams moved from her hometown to Franklin, Tennessee after the divorce of her parents. She met band members Josh and Zac Farro in her new school. While still in school, she tried out for a local funk cover band The Factory where she met Jeremy Davis. Due to bullying at school, Williams was home schooled as well.