Olivia Rodrigo stars on the May 2021 cover of Elle, where she opens up about living out the "songwriter’s dream" with her breakout debut single.
The 18-year-old pop sensation, whose single "Drivers License" launched at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained in the top spot for eight weeks, found herself in Disney's new love triangle with her High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star and rumored ex-boyfriend Joshua Bassett and fellow Disney star Sabrina Carpenter. Fans theorized that the popular breakup anthem's lyrics pointed in the direction of Bassett, while the "Drivers License" line, "And you're probably with that blonde girl/ Who always made me doubt/ She's so much older than me/ She's everything I'm insecure about," seemed to identify Carpenter. Needless to say, the swirling rumors about who wrote what about whom helped boost the song and allowed Rodrigo to check off an item from any songwriter's bucket list.
"It’s truly any songwriter’s dream," she told Elle, adding that she admired how listeners of various ages connected to how Rodrigo got her feelings off her chest and bared her heart in the sweeping ballad. "There’s something so powerful in being vulnerable and open, like, 'This is my life, and I’m f---ing sad.' Or, 'I’m insecure.' That’s what makes songwriting so special."