Olivia Rodrigo: "I wrote songs for divorces before I had a boy"

October 12, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo has written and performed some of the biggest global hits of the year and many of them deal with strong emotions and grief.

But at just 18 years old, Olivia Rodrigo says in an interview with Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday Morning that it 's a challenge and fun to write songs about her feelings.

Olivia Rodrigo's first single, "Drivers License", was for a time the song with the most streams on the planet. It focuses on a teenage girl who gets her driver's license the same day she loses the love of her life. The young pop star says that the song has its roots in real life and remembers her own separation.

"I was a 17-year-old girl going through her first real love affair. But I think a lot of people believe, listening to my music, that I'm really a sad, depressed person and that could not be further from the truth. "I have fun writing about such things," he explains.

Olivia Rodrigo notes that if she had only written about how "I go get my icy latte every morning, no one would hear it". "It would not be interesting. "So these are the emotions that really move and talk about human experiences in an effective way."

She also admits that she has been obsessed with divorce songs since she was old enough to write her own songs.

"I used to write songs about divorces before I had a boy, honestly. I have always been obsessed with this feeling. "And I think there is nothing more painful, for a person, than this feeling of loss," he explains.

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Her approach works. Her first album, "Sour", debuted last spring at No. 1 on the charts and was adored by critics. He also appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and was selected by the White House to help bolster COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

The show "CBS Sunday Morning" also visits the paternal home of Olivia Rodrigo and the bedroom where she wrote many of her songs, to get an idea of ​​her music, her family life and the motivations of the singer.

Olivia Rodrigo says that her experience of appearing in Disney's "Bizaardvark" and "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" TV series at a young age helped her gain the confidence to appear in front of people she did not know and at the same time expresses her feelings.

She also admits that her parents and her psychologist helped her stay focused in a time of great demand.

"I did not really start going to a psychologist until I was 16 and that was a really big, defining moment in my life. And I learned so much about myself. "And it's a really wonderful thing that I think everyone should do."

"And my parents were really supportive. But I think sometimes there is a stigma. Sometimes people say, “You do not need this. You have so much. Your life is so wonderful. What are your problems? ” "Just because it is not an adult problem, that you do not have to pay taxes or anything else, does not mean that it does not hurt", he adds.