When Olivia Rodrigo released her debut single “drivers license” in January 2021, speculation about her love life reached unprecedented levels. Now, Olivia is speaking out on the drama, saying she “resents” the narrative that was “tossed around” as a result.
In case you need a refresher, shortly after the song came out and reached TikTok virality, people started theorizing Olivia’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter were the inspiration behind the song. Though none of the parties ever directly addressed the speculation, the rumors took over various social media platforms, and, understandably, fans ran with it. “I totally understand people’s curiosity with the specifics of who the song’s about and what it’s about, but to me, that’s really the least important part of the song,'' Olivia told Billboard at the time. Both Sabrina and Joshua also reacted to the song and, due to the intense scrutiny, Joshua admitted that a duet featuring Sabrina was cut from his debut album.
In a new interview with Variety, Olivia finally addressed all that “drivers license” spurred – good and bad – saying she put out the song “not knowing that it would get that reaction” from the general public. “It was really strange [when] it did,” the musician added. “I just remember [everyone being] so weird and speculative about stuff they had no idea about.” Speaking to GQ recently, Olivia also built upon that thought, admitting that “it was really hard for me to watch people on TikTok and stuff that dissects my 17-year-old love life. That was really weird. But again, I think I understood the curiosity.”
In her interview with Variety, Olivia also addressed the “Sabrina vs. Olivia beef” resulting from the speculation. “I don’t really subscribe to hating other women because of boys,” Olivia said. “I think that’s so stupid, and I really resent that narrative that was being tossed around.”
On the flipside, Olivia also opened up about women supporting women, namely her mentor and idol Taylor Swift. “It’s so nice to be welcomed into the music industry and so great to be supportive of other women,” Olivia said of her relationship with the folklore musician. “She wrote me a letter a while ago, and she wrote something about how you make your own luck in the world, and how you treat other people always comes back to you.”
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