Here’s The Reason Why Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo's Sweet Friendship Turned Awkward
Friendships are often as transitory as a catchy chorus in the sparkling world of pop music, but when the world watched the budding relationship between two powerhouse performers, Taylor Swift, and Olivia Rodrigo, it appeared like a perfect match made in musical heaven. However, what began as a joyful bond soon became a web of tension, casting a shadow over their once-sweet friendship. Let's get into the complexities of why the relationship between these two outstanding musicians took an uncomfortable turn.
Swift and Rodrigo's friendship story began on a positive note. Rodrigo, a rising music sensation, openly acknowledged her adoration for Swift's music, branding herself as a Swiftie. She demonstrated her admiration for Swift by covering her songs and celebrating each new release from the musician, reports The Things.
Swift, for her part, generously appreciated Rodrigo's talents and even went so far as to offer her a special ring, mimicking the one she wore during her own creative process while writing Red. The two finally met in person at the Brit Awards in May 2021, providing fans with a picture-perfect moment.
Their social media interactions, which were filled with mutual support and admiration, only fostered the assumption that their connection was based on authenticity and shared musical interests. However, the course of their friendship didn't run smoothly.
Allegations of plagiarism occurred, pointing fingers at Rodrigo's successful song Deja Vu for its similarity to Swift's Cruel Summer. While Rodrigo previously identified Swift as a songwriter on her song 1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back, admitting its use of Swift's New Year's Day, fans were perplexed when more instances of suspected copying appeared.
🚨 | Olivia Rodrigo talks about Taylor Swift on ‘Rolling Stones’— Pop Flop (@ThePopFlop) September 12, 2023
“I’m just so in awe of her constantly, and I truly would not be the songwriter I am today if I had not grown up being so inspired by everything she does.” pic.twitter.com/xTk00NoNfI
While Swift's lawsuit against Rodrigo was not formally announced, it was rumored that Swift and her team had approached Rodrigo and accused her of copyright infringement over Deja Vu. Because of the disagreement, Rodrigo gave Swift songwriting credit for the song, recognizing the similarities between the two tracks. Rodrigo was also forced to pay large royalties to Swift and other artists as a result of the alleged plagiarism.
The disagreement over songwriting credits and earnings threw a shade of unease over Swift and Rodrigo's once-sweet friendship. Fans and media outlets alike speculated on the degree of the tension and whether it would irreversibly damage their relationship.
Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift are the most streamed female artists on US Spotify! pic.twitter.com/0SwJ255FVl— Pop Hive (@thepophive) September 10, 2023
Interestingly, when Rodrigo's sophomore album, Guts, was released in September 2023, listeners and fans couldn't stop analyzing the lyrics of some songs, particularly Vampire and The Grudge. Some people thought the tracks were a reference to Swift's strained connection. In an interview with the Guardian, Rodrigo was asked directly about the inspiration for Vampire and reacted with reluctance, "How do I answer this?"
Rodrigo made it clear that she had no intention of divulging the subject of her songs. She stressed her idea that songs should not be pigeonholed into being about a single subject. She said, "I mean, I never want to say who any of my songs are about. I've never done that before in my career and probably won't. I think it's better to not pigeonhole a song to being about this one thing. I was very surprised when people thought that."
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