The ‘Drivers License’ hitmaker opens up about her struggles with body image and self-esteem as she has tendency to compare herself to others on social media.
AceShowbiz –Olivia Rodrigo was “crippled by comparisons” to other people on social media and “borderline addicted” to Twitter and Instagram.
The 18-year-old singer addresses the issue in her tune “Jealousy, Jealousy” – which features on her debut album “Sour”. And speaking to the BBC about her former addiction to social media, Olivia explained she struggled seeing everyone with “paper-white teeth and perfect bodies.”
“I wrote that song at a time when I was borderline addicted to social media and I just felt crippled by the comparisons,” she said. “I don’t feel that now, but it’s something I wanted to talk about.”
“I am someone who has somewhat of a large following, so I think it’s cool that I can be like, ‘Yo, I still hate myself. I still compare myself to other girls.’ “
“Whenever I see people on Instagram do that, it always feel empowering to me – so I hope that I could be that for somebody else.”
And Olivia has no qualms about exploring the sometimes troubled emotions of a normal teenager through her songwriting.
“I’m proud of the fact that I didn’t shy away from those emotions (on the album),” she added. “They’re so uncomfortable to feel and definitely uncomfortable to talk about. Nobody wants to say, ‘I’m super-insecure’, or ‘I’m really angry’, but it was necessary for me.”
“When I write my sadness down in a song, it feels manageable. It’s like, ‘OK, now I feel I can get through this.’ “
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