The star also spoke of older people as “trivializing” young people’s struggles
Olivia Rodrigo talks about the “life-changing” effect therapy has had on her in a new interview.
The chart-topping teen pop star was asked about her experiences with therapy during an interview CBS Sunday Morning.
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“I didn’t really start going until I was 16 and it was a really big, life-changing moment and I learned a lot about myself,” she said.
When asked if this was something she decided she needed to do for herself, she replied: “Yeah, it was. I think there’s a stigma around it sometimes. -Sometimes people are like, ‘Hey, you don’t need that, you have too much. You have a great life, what are your problems?’ I think it’s definitely something that older people can do to younger people too – despise whatever they’re doing because ‘they’re fine, they’re just kids, they’ll get it’ .
“But it feels real when you’re at it and it’s so valid. Just because it’s not an adult problem or you haven’t paid taxes yet or it doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.” “
Elsewhere in the interview, Rodrigo also dismissed her as someone who is a “really sad, sad person”. “It couldn’t be further from the truth,” she explained. “Definitely not at all. [I’m not] Crying all the time on my bedroom floor.
“But it’s fun to write about things like this. If I was just writing about how I was happy and was going to have my iced latte every morning with no one listening to it, it wouldn’t be interesting. “
Most recently, Rodrigo responded to critics on songwriting credits that have been added since the release of his debut album, Sour. People like Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, Saint Vincent and Paramore have all been added to the credits over the past five months.
“All the music is inspired by each other,” she said. “Every single artist is inspired by the artists who have come before them. It’s a fun, beautiful sharing process. There is nothing new in music. There are four ragas in each song. That’s the fun part – trying to make it your own.”
For help and advice on mental health:
- Help Musicians UK – Round the clock mental health support and advice for musicians (call music mind matter on: 0808 802 8008)
- Calm – campaign against living badly
- Music Support Organization – Help and support for musicians struggling with alcoholism, addiction or mental health issues (Call: 0800 030 6789)
- Young Minds – a voice for the health and wellbeing of young people
- Time to change – let’s end mental health discrimination
- Samaritans – confidential support 24 hours a day