I wouldn't say he wrote about the things happening around him. What he did was use those things as jumping off places to write about other things.
He taught at schools where girls had become infatuated with him -- he wrote about a male schoolteacher's temptation when he became the object of infatuation, and hinted that maybe the teacher had succumbed to the temptation.
There were hookers out the front of a hotel where he stayed -- he wrote a song of a man pleading with a hooker (presumably his girlfriend, but not necessarily) to stay off the game.
The press hounded him -- the song is about a stalker.
I'm not criticising him. In fact I like that he had the courage to write those songs and thus admit that he had been to those places in his mind. But the fact remains that the three songs are about some form of forbidden sexual behaviour, and I think that's at least as weird as most of the songs mentioned in this thread.