Olivia Rodrigo's breakout year has been a whirlwind journey, particularly as she makes her way from Disney star to pop sensation, and she's shared her thoughts on the sudden rise to fame.
In a new interview with Vogue Singapore, Rodrigo went into detail about how taxing it can be for your headspace. "I’m taking it one step at a time. It can be really tough on your mental health, though. I’m grateful for the people who like me for me, and keep me separated from all the noise and tabloids or what people are saying about me on social media. That’s always been a top priority," Rodrigo in her cover story for the magazine. "It’s funny how recognition changes everything and also changes nothing in your life. The problems I was having a year ago are still the problems I’m having now, and things that brought me joy a year ago are still the things that bring me joy now. It’s just another aspect of life that you need to learn how to deal with, but it doesn’t change who you are as a person."
In the process, Rodrigo has been able to truly understand her support system, admitting, "It was surprising to see who was genuinely supportive of me and who wasn’t. Sometimes when you have a lot of success really quickly, it can scare people and make people feel different. That was an interesting thing to learn. I’m figuring it all out."
However, much has changed compared to a few years ago when she was home-schooled during her middle school stage and started working on production sets. “I spent most of it surrounded by 45-year-old men on a set and not with kids my own age in a school," she continued. "But I’m lucky to have amazing friends and family who have kept me grounded."