Olivia Rodrigo is gearing up to unleash her debut album, Sour, into the world this week after seeing stratospheric success since the release of her debut single earlier this year.
Back in January, the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series actor was thrust into the mainstream after she dropped "Drivers License" — a song that will likely be the biggest success of 2021.
Almost immediately, the heartbreak anthem stormed the world, breaking a whole bunch of streaming records before reigning supreme at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. The song has currently been streamed almost 800 million times on Spotify and has more than 200 million views on YouTube.
But with success came speculation as fans wondered who Olivia was singing about. And they soon settled on a likely subject — Olivia's Disney costar, Joshua Bassett.
But, speaking to Nylon in a recent interview, Olivia explained why she'd changed the lyrics from brunette to blonde, revealing that it was all part of keeping her music honest.
"I'm a super specific songwriter. I always have been," the 18-year-old said. "I think the most impactful songs are specific. Broad storytelling just isn't fun in any art medium."
However, although Olivia went on to explain that she thinks drama can sometimes detract from the songwriting itself, she added that she understood people's curiosity and has had similar feelings herself when listening to songs by artists such as Taylor Swift.
"There have been some songs where I've gone back and made revisions to make it a little less specific because sometimes, I think, the drama takes away from the songwriting," she said. "I completely understand people's curiosity. I get so curious about my favorite songwriters and the meaning behind their songs. But songwriting and singer-songwriter music in particular is so special because you can be as specific as you want, but there's still [space to] fill in the blanks."
"Lots of the time, people will fill in the blanks with details from their own life," she went on. "If they don't want to, they can fill it in with details of my life and if that's what makes it impactful to them, that's fine. As long as the song means something to you, it’s all good."