“I was experiencing it all for the first time,” the songwriter said. “We’ve come so far. But we haven’t really come that far, you know what I mean? It was eye-opening to see the sexist, awful things that people would say to her that were deemed OK back then.”
From Taylor’s work, she’s learned about the “impact” music can have on listeners who relate to the lyrics. For example, like many Swifties, she thinks “All Too Well” is about Jake Gyllenhaal, thanks to the “maple lattes” Easter Egg. “I’m so invested in that. I’m creating a spreadsheet in my head,” she joked to NYLON. “But at the end of the day, I’m like, ‘No. She wrote that song about me going through my breakup. I relate to that, and that’s impactful to me.'”
Likewise, fans gossip about who Olivia’s songs are about, but she tries to block out the noise. She explained, “I don’t take it personally… I completely understand. And you know, lots of times, it isn’t malicious. Most of the time, I guess. It’s none of my business. I write my songs and people can say whatever they want to say about it.”
She simply added, “[They can] think whatever they want to think about my life and that’s just part of it. It doesn’t really bother me.”
SOUR drops on Friday, May 21. Read her full interview here.