Olivia Rodrigo Talks Taylor Swift Drama, More: ‘Rolling Stone’ Bombshells

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Olivia Rodrigo is opening up in regards to the sophisticated nature of rising up — and getting thrust into the highlight at age 18. 

In her October cowl concern for Rolling Stone, Rodrigo, 20, received candid in regards to the modifications which have occurred all through her life since her debut album, Bitter, hit No. 1 on the charts in 2021 — together with her alleged feud with Taylor Swift. 

Rodrigo grew up as a self-proclaimed “diehard” fan of Swift, 33, and sometimes referred to her as an inspiration. “I’m simply so in awe of her continually, and I actually wouldn’t be the songwriter I’m right this moment if I had not grown up being so impressed by the whole lot she does,” she instructed Ryan Seacrest in March 2021.

Whereas the twosome ultimately met on the Brit Awards later that month — after exchanging handwritten letters and particular heartfelt items — their budding friendship seemingly hit a snag when Rodrigo launched her second single, “Deja Vu,” that April. 

Swift — together with cowriters Jack Antonoff and St. Vincent — have been retroactively credited on the observe because of the similarities to Swift’s “Merciless Summer season.” Swift was additionally credited for Rodrigo’s “1 Step Ahead, 3 Steps Again,” which makes use of an interpolation of her music “New 12 months’s Day,” whereas Hayley Willams and former bandmate Josh Farro now obtain royalties for “Good 4 U,” resulting from its likeness to Paramore’s “Distress Enterprise.”

“It’s not one thing that I used to be tremendous concerned in,” she instructed Rolling Stone. “It was extra team-on-team. So, I wouldn’t be the most effective individual to ask.”

One other music off Bitter that sparked controversy was her debut single, “Driver’s License.” The observe contained lyrics that led followers to imagine Rodrigo was singing about an alleged love triangle that occurred between herself, Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter.

“I used to be so overwhelmed by the entire social media s–t,” Rodrigo instructed Rolling Stone. “I actually deleted my social media for six months. As a result of it was zero to 100, baptism by fireplace. I deleted all of it for a very long time, and I’m so completely happy that I did that at that second. I’ve a greater deal with on it now, however then I used to be simply so cold-turkey with it. I’m making an attempt to determine a contented medium.”

Not one of the three have publicly addressed what occurred between them, with Bassett, 22, sharing an identical message on the time. He defined to GQ that it’s “a misplaced trigger making an attempt to” handle rumors.

“I refuse to feed into any of the bulls—t, so I simply don’t,” he stated on the time. “[Everyone] is asking me about Sabrina and Olivia. Why don’t we deal with these ladies for who they’re? Let’s deal with the artwork that they’re making and the way nice they’re as a substitute of their relationship to a boy.”

Preserve scrolling for the largest revelations from Rodrigo’s Rolling Stone interview:

On the Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter Drama

Rodrigo revealed that the whole lot between herself, Bassett and Carpenter was a “tough” matter however one thing the trio “dealt with privately.” 

“Dealt with isn’t the precise phrase, nevertheless it’s simply not one thing I like speaking about publicly. I take all that stuff significantly, nevertheless it occurs in privateness,” she instructed the outlet. “I’m not going to place out a press release. That’s phony. We’re all simply individuals on the finish of the day. I cope with it on a person-to-person stage that individuals on Twitter don’t see.”

When requested if she learn Bassett’s March 2022 Individuals article, by which he spoke about experiencing a serious well being disaster following the discharge of “Driver’s License,” Rodrigo replied, “I truly, genuinely didn’t learn the article you’re speaking about.” 

On If ‘Vampire’ Is About Ex Zack Bia

When requested by Rolling Stone if ‘Vampire’ — which depicts a “soul sucker” ex who favored courting youthful ladies — is about Bia, whom she was linked to for six months in 2022, the outlet claimed Rodrigo exhaled and smiled earlier than saying, “No remark.” 

With reference to individuals sleuthing over the topics of her songs through the web, Rodrigo stated she finds herself “caring much less and fewer.”

“Behind the scenes, I do the entire issues I’m alleged to do and attempt to be as ready as I can,” she defined. “Persons are going to say what they need. I really feel just like the extra you attempt to management it, the extra depressing you might be, and the larger it will get. I simply write songs; it’s not my job to interpret them for different individuals.”

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She later added: “I’ve a very massive mouth, and that’s one thing that I’ve needed to discover ways to management on this career. However that’s par for the course. I write diaristic songs, so in fact everybody’s going to have their very own interpretation of it.”

On Her Rumored Feud With Taylor Swift 

Rodrigo instructed Rolling Stone she doesn’t have “beef with anybody” regardless of the rumors of unhealthy blood between the 2 singers. 

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“I’m very chill. I preserve to myself,” she stated. “I’ve my 4 buddies and my mother, and that’s actually the one individuals I speak to, ever. There’s nothing to say. There’s so many Twitter conspiracy theories. I solely have a look at alien-conspiracy theories.”

On Giving Up Royalties for Her Songs on ‘Bitter’ 

“I used to be a bit of caught off guard,” she instructed the outlet of retroactively crediting Swift, together with Antonoff, St. Vincent, Williams and Farro for 3 separate songs off her self-titled debut album. “On the time it was very complicated, and I used to be inexperienced and bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Is that the phrase?”

Relating to whether or not she would ask for royalties if the roles have been reversed, she stated: “I don’t suppose I’d ever personally try this. However who’s to say the place I’ll be in 20, 30 years? All that I can do is write my songs and deal with what I can management.”