Ahead of the release of her debut album, Sour, Olivia spoke to the Guardian about her songwriting process — and what it's like to be a teen in the public eye.
When asked whether or not she thinks the attention on a certain alleged love triangle is sexist or not, Olivia replied, “I try not to look at it or take that stuff super seriously.”
However, she says that she has noticed “sexist criticism of songwriters, like me being told that they only write songs about boys.”
“I’m a teenage girl, I write about stuff that I feel really intensely — and I feel heartbreak and longing really intensely — and I think that’s authentic and natural," she continued. "I don’t really understand what people want me to write about; do you want me to write a song about income taxes? How am I going to write an emotional song about that?”
“Something I’m really proud of is that this record talks about emotions that are hard to talk about or aren’t really socially acceptable, especially for girls: anger, jealousy, spite, sadness, they’re frowned-upon as bitchy and moaning and complaining or whatever. But I think they’re such valid emotions.”