In the face of critics trying to discredit her, Olivia Rodrigo is here to say she’s no traitor to her work.
In less than a year, the 18-year-old performer has experienced breakout stardom as a result of her hit debut album, Sour, and its viral single, “drivers license.” In the midst of her rapid musical success, however, Rodrigo also made headlines when it was revealed that other stars, including Taylor Swift and Hayley Williams, had been given songwriting credits on Rodrigo’s “good 4 u,” “deja vu” and “1 step forward, 3 steps back” as a result of Rodrigo’s interpolating their past songs. She’s far from the first artist to interpolate—even Swift herself interpolated Right Said Fred‘s “I’m Too Sexy” for her 2017 hit, “Look What You Made Me Do.”
During an interview with Teen Vogue, the teenager reflected on the situation and the larger conversation around it, telling the website, “It’s tricky.”
“Writing songs about how I feel has always been easy and fun for me, and I think the business side of music has been something I’ve had a harder time learning,” she continued. “I’ve been sort of growing through that this year, but I’ve just been trying to remember that I write songs because I love them. I feel lucky I get to do that and be a songwriter and a performer for a living…At the end of the day, I feel it doesn’t have too much to do with me.”