- Olivia Rodrigo has addressed speculation that her recent song “Vampire” is about Taylor Swift.
- Fans think the song is about Swift due to a perceived feud over Rodrigo’s 2021 hit “Deja Vu.”
- “I mean, I never want to say who any of my songs are about,” Rodrigo told The Guardian.
Olivia Rodrigo has addressed speculation that her hit song “Vampire” is about Taylor Swift.
The No. 1 hit, which was released in June and will feature on Rodrigo’s forthcoming album, “Guts,” features the line: “Bloodsucker, famefucker / Bleedin’ me dry, like a goddamn vampire.”
Fans have been theorizing that Swift is the subject of the song due to a perceived feud over Rodrigo’s 2021 song “Deja Vu,” though neither Rodrigo nor Swift has spoken publicly about any animosity, it should be noted.
Rodrigo interpolated Swift’s “Cruel Summer” for the track and ended up giving Swift a writing credit and 50% royalties.
Since then, fans have noticed that the two appear to have stopped interacting on Instagram and that Rodrigo, a self-professed Swiftie, did not attend any of Swift’s shows on her Eras Tour.
Asked about the rumors in an interview with The Guardian published Saturday, Rodrigo responded: “How do I answer this?”
“I mean, I never want to say who any of my songs are about,” continued the 20-year-old singer. “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.”
She added: “I was very surprised when people thought that.”
At the time of the “Deja Vu” saga, Rodrigo told Teen Vogue that it was “disappointing to see people take things out of context and discredit any young woman’s work.”
Asked if the experience had changed her approach to writing songs for her sophomore album, Rodrigo remained vague in her interview with the Guardian.
“I was so green as to how the music industry worked, the litigious side. I feel like now I know so much more about the industry and I just feel… better equipped in that regard,” she said. “It wasn’t something I thought about too much.”
Rodrigo’s “Guts” will be released on Friday.