Olivia Rodrigo delves into the heartbreak that inspires her songs

Singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo has written and carried out one of the most greatest international hits of the previous 12 months, a lot of which maintain deep feelings and heartache. However at simply 18 years outdated, Rodrigo additionally says writing songs about her emotions is difficult and amusing, in an interview with correspondent Tracy Smith for “CBS Sunday Morning,” to be broadcast October 10 on CBS and streamed on Paramount+. 

Rodrigo’s first unmarried, “Drivers License,” was once for a time the most-listened-to streaming track in the world. It revolves round a young person getting her license at the identical day she loses the affection of her existence.

Rodrigo instructed Smith the track is rooted in actual existence, recalling her personal breakup: “I used to be a 17-year-old woman going thru my first actual heartbreak. However I believe a large number of folks additionally suppose, being attentive to my track, that I am truly a tragic, depressed individual, and that could not be farther than the reality. It is amusing to write down about stuff like that.”

She stated if she have been simply writing about “going to get my iced latte each and every morning, no one would concentrate to it. It would not be attention-grabbing. So, it is the ones emotions which might be in reality transferring, and communicate concerning the human revel in in some way that is efficient.” 

Rodrigo stated she’s been obsessive about heartbreak songs since she was once sufficiently old to write down. “I wrote heartbreak songs earlier than I had ever had a boyfriend, truthfully,” she remarked. “I have simply all the time been obsessive about that feeling. And I believe there may be not anything extra painful, as a human being, than that feeling of loss.” 

Her way is operating. Her first album, “Bitter,” debuted remaining spring at #1 at the charts, and was once hailed by means of critics. She’s additionally carried out on “Saturday Night time Are living,” and been tapped by means of the White Area to lend a hand spice up COVID-19 vaccination efforts. 

Smith visits Rodrigo’s formative years house, together with the bed room the place she wrote a lot of her songs, to realize perception into what drives the singer, her track, and her circle of relatives existence.  

Rodrigo stated her revel in operating at the Disney TV collection “Bizzardvark” and “Prime Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence” at a tender age helped give her the boldness to accomplish in entrance of folks she did not know whilst expressing her feelings.  

She additionally credit her oldsters, and her therapist, for serving to her stay targeted at a time when she’s in prime call for: “I hadn’t truly began going [to therapy] ’til I used to be 16, and that was once a truly large life-changing second. And I have realized such a lot about myself. And it is a truly superb factor that, I believe, everybody will have to do.

“And my oldsters have been truly supportive. However I believe there may be now and again a stigma round it, too,” she added. “Now and again persons are like, ‘Oh, you do not want that. You’ve gotten such a lot. Your existence’s so nice. What are your issues?’ Simply because it is not, you understand, an grownup downside the place you wouldn’t have to pay taxes but or no matter, doesn’t suggest that it does not harm.” 

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