“I used to be very stunned when individuals thought that,” Rodrigo, 20, instructed The Guardian in a Saturday, September 2, profile, when requested concerning the theories that “Vampire” was penned about Swift, 33.
Rodrigo continued: “I imply, I by no means need to say who any of my songs are about. I’ve by no means finished that earlier than in my profession and possibly gained’t. I believe it’s higher to not pigeonhole a track to being about this one factor.”
Rodrigo dropped “Vampire,” the primary single from her sophomore album, Guts, in June. Her pointed lyrics appeared to tease a falling-out, although followers weren’t certain if it was a couple of romantic or platonic relationship.
“I used to suppose I used to be sensible / However you made me look so naive / The best way you offered me for components / As you sunk your enamel into me,” Rodrigo sings. “Bloodsucker, fame f—ker / Bleedin’ me dry, like a goddamn vampire.”
She continues: “And each woman I ever talked to instructed me you have been dangerous, dangerous information / You known as them loopy, God, I hate the best way I known as them loopy too / You’re so convincing / How do you lie with out flinching?”
Whereas a number of the Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence alum’s followers instantly thought the observe referenced her exes Zach Bia and Adam Faze, others considered Swift.
Rodrigo has lengthy touted herself as a fan of Swift, masking lots of her songs earlier than they lastly met in individual at the 2021 Brit Awards and exchanged handwritten letters. Rodrigo’s debut album, Bitter, dropped a number of days later with Swift’s “New 12 months’s Day,” which she produced with Jack Antonoff, interpolated on “1 Step Ahead, 3 Steps Again.” Rodrigo gave Swift and Antonoff, 39, songwriting props on the observe on the time of the discharge. Nonetheless, Rodrigo’s “Deja Vu” seemingly did the identical with Swift’s “Merciless Summer season” with out crediting the pop star. In July 2021, Swift, Antonoff and St. Vincent have been given co-writing credit.
Rodrigo beforehand revealed the tracks have been loosely impressed by Swift’s music and particularly her 2019 track “Merciless Summer season.” Eagle-eyed listeners shortly accused Rodrigo of plagiarism and copyright infringement, and the Disney Channel alum quietly gave Swift, Antonoff and St. Vincent credit score and reportedly a part of her royalties for “Deja Vu.” Rodrigo additionally added a post-release credit score for Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Josh Farro after “Good 4 U” was in contrast to “Distress Enterprise.”.
“I used to be so inexperienced as to how the music business labored, the litigious facet,” she instructed The Guardian. “I really feel like now I do know a lot extra concerning the business and I simply really feel higher outfitted in that regard. It wasn’t one thing I considered an excessive amount of.”