Olivia Rodrigo Opens Up about Heartbreak Songs and Therapy

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Popstar Olivia Rodrigo appeared on CBS Sunday Morning on Oct. 10, 2021, from her childhood bedroom where a lot of current songs were created and have become hits.

On the show, she discussed her rise over the past year, her debut album, “Sour,” and therapy.

If you’re not familiar with Rodrigo, her singles are about teenage breakups. Rodrigo shared with CBS Tracy Smith “I’ve always been obsessed with heartbreak songs. I wrote heartbreak songs before I ever had a boyfriend, honestly,” Rodrigo said. “I’ve always been obsessed with that feeling. There’s nothing more painful than being in that feeling of loss.” 


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Sour Cover Art from Olivia Rodrigo on Spotify

In her hit “Drivers License”, Rodrigo shared that “I just remember writing it and feeling like it was a page ripped out of my diary because it was so intimate and vulnerable. I just think there was no other option for me: I had to write it, I had to write it for me, to get it out. I would feel sick if I kept all of that in, but really at the core of it I had to do it for myself.” 

She continued “ I was really sad. I was a 17- year-old girl going through my first real heartbreak, but I think a lot of people also think that – listening to my music – I’m a sad, depressed person; that could be farther from the truth. Definitely not crying on my bedroom floor all the time.”

Photo Credit: CBS Sunday Morning

Later in the interview, Rodrigo disclosed she’s been in therapy since she was 16 years old and said “That was a really big, life-changing moment, I’ve learned so much about myself.” Rodrigo shared. 

Olivia said that “I think there’s sometimes a stigma around it (therapy), too. Sometimes people are like, ‘You don’t need that. You have so much. Your life is so great. What are your problems?’ I think that’s a thing that sometimes older people can do to younger people too, just trivialize what they’re going through…but it feels so real when you’re in it, it feels so valid. Just because it’s not an adult problem, where you don’t have to pay taxes yet or whatever, doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.” 

I will say that after watching this interview, there is nothing wrong with seeking help no matter how big or small the problem may be, remember, mental health is health.

You can stream Olivia Rodrigo’s album “Sour” on Spotify and Apple Music now. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with their emotional health head to mentalhealthishealth.us for resources and ways to get help. SDSU also has resources available from Counseling and Psychological services, you can visit their website here

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA