Olivia Rodrigo Says She Dated People She “Shouldn’t Have” After Album

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Olivia Rodrigo said she’s now grappling with “who I want to be spending my time with” following the tough lessons she learned since releasing her debut album Sour in 2021.

Olivia Rodrigo: 5 Things to Know About the Singer

Olivia Rodrigo is putting her brutal past few years in the rearview mirror.

The “Drivers License” singer reflected on her lifestyle changes since releasing her debut album Sour in May 2021 and confessing to having some regrets—including ones in her dating life.

“I had such a desire to live and experience things and make mistakes and grow after Sour came out, I kind of felt this pressure to be this girl that I thought everyone expected me to be,” Olivia told The New York Times in an interview published Aug. 24. “And I think because of that pressure, maybe I did things that maybe I shouldn’t have—dated people that I shouldn’t have.”

Without naming names, Olivia, who sparked romance rumors with producer Adam Faze in June 2021 and DJ Zack Bia in April 2022, clarified, “I’m very tame.”

Nonetheless, her sophomore album, Guts, will contain songs “about reckoning with those feelings and coming out of that disillusionment and realizing the core of who I am and what I want to be doing and who I want to be spending my time with.”

Ahead of Guts‘ release on Sept. 8, the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series actress has released singles “Vampire” and “Bad Idea Right.” While both songs grapple with ex-romances, in “Vampire,” Olivia slams an unnamed lover for taking advantage of her fame and trust.

When it came to writing the track, the 20-year-old recalled how she honed in on her feelings.

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“I’ve always tried to write about the emotions rather than this weird environment that I’m in,” she said, adding that the goal of writing music is to “distill all of your emotions into their simplest, purest, most effective form.”

Keep reading for a closer look at Olivia’s life in the public eye throughout the years.

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