Olivia Rodrigo is clearly over the “bloodsucker” and “fame f—ker” who was “bleeding her dry” like a vampire — however that doesn’t imply the tune is directed at Taylor Swift.
“I used to be very shocked when folks thought that,” Rodrigo, 20, advised The Guardian in a Saturday, September 2, profile, when requested in regards to the theories that “Vampire” was penned about Swift, 33.
Rodrigo continued: “I imply, I by no means need to say who any of my songs are about. I’ve by no means performed that earlier than in my profession and possibly gained’t. I feel it’s higher to not pigeonhole a tune to being about this one factor.”
Rodrigo dropped “Vampire,” the primary single from her sophomore album, Guts, in June. Her pointed lyrics appeared to tease a falling-out, although followers weren’t positive if it was a couple of romantic or platonic relationship.
“I used to assume I used to be sensible / However you made me look so naive / The way in which you offered me for components / As you sunk your enamel into me,” Rodrigo sings. “Bloodsucker, fame f—ker / Bleedin’ me dry, like a goddamn vampire.”
She continues: “And each lady I ever talked to advised me you have been dangerous, dangerous information / You referred to as them loopy, God, I hate the best way I referred to as them loopy too / You’re so convincing / How do you lie with out flinching?”
Whereas a number of the Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Collection alum’s followers instantly thought the observe referenced her exes Zach Bia and Adam Faze, others considered Swift.
Rodrigo has lengthy touted herself as a fan of Swift, overlaying lots of her songs earlier than they lastly met in particular person on the 2021 Brit Awards and exchanged handwritten letters. Rodrigo’s debut album, Bitter, dropped a number of days later with Swift’s “New 12 months’s Day,” which she produced with Jack Antonoff, interpolated on “1 Step Ahead, 3 Steps Again.” Rodrigo gave Swift and Antonoff, 39, songwriting props on the observe on the time of the discharge. Nevertheless, Rodrigo’s “Deja Vu” seemingly did the identical with Swift’s “Merciless Summer time” with out crediting the pop star. In July 2021, Swift, Antonoff and St. Vincent got co-writing credit.
Rodrigo beforehand revealed the tracks have been loosely impressed by Swift’s music and particularly her 2019 tune “Merciless Summer time.” Eagle-eyed listeners rapidly accused Rodrigo of plagiarism and copyright infringement, and the Disney Channel alum quietly gave Swift, Antonoff and St. Vincent credit score and reportedly a part of her royalties for “Deja Vu.” Rodrigo additionally added a post-release credit score for Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Josh Farro after “Good 4 U” was in comparison with “Distress Enterprise.”.
“I used to be so inexperienced as to how the music business labored, the litigious aspect,” she advised The Guardian. “I really feel like now I do know a lot extra in regards to the business and I simply really feel higher outfitted in that regard. It wasn’t one thing I considered an excessive amount of.”