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Olivia Rodrigo addresses THAT spat with Courtney Love as she covers Variety

Olivia Rodrigo addressed her spat with Courtney Love in a new interview.

Courtney, 57, insinuated earlier this year that Olivia, 18, had ripped off her Hole cover with the covert art for her virtual concert Sour Prom.

‘I mean, to be honest I’m flattered that Courtney Love knows who I am,’ Olivia told Variety in her cover interview. 

Teen star: Olivia Rodrigo addressed her spat with Courtney Love in a new interview as she covered the latest issue of Variety

When the Sour Prom art was released the internet abounded with comparisons to the album cover of Live Through This, a 1994 record by Courtney’s band Hole. 

Both images show a girl wearing a crown and holding flowers – either a beauty queen or a prom queen – with mascara running down her face from crying.

Internet commentators were split between those who thought Olivia was swiping from Courtney and those who felt they were both taking from the film Carrie.

Olivia told Variety of catching Courtney’s eye: ‘She’s from a totally different generation, so I thought that was cool, but I think we’re both obviously really inspired by the film Carrie. I don’t know – I didn’t really give it too much thought.’

'Totally different generation': 'I mean, to be honest I’m flattered that Courtney Love knows who I am,' Olivia told Variety in her cover interview; Courtney is pictured in February 2020

‘Totally different generation’: ‘I mean, to be honest I’m flattered that Courtney Love knows who I am,’ Olivia told Variety in her cover interview; Courtney is pictured in February 2020

The controversy took off after Courtney posted the Sour Prom art to her Instagram and writing: ‘spot the difference! #twinning!’ 

Olivia assumed she was getting a compliment and wrote: ‘love u and live through this sooooo much’ in the comments of Courtney’s post.

Courtney politely replied: ‘Olivia – you’re welcome. My favorite florist is in Notting Hill, London! Dm me for deets! I look forward to reading your note!’ 

However she was also evidently miffed as when a fan asked if she was ‘mad or nah’ she remarked that Olivia ‘didn’t ask. So bit of both. I dig manners.’ 

There's Olivia: Courtney, 57, insinuated a couple months ago that Olivia, 18, had been ripping her off with the covert art for her virtual concert Sour Prom

There’s Olivia: Courtney, 57, insinuated a couple months ago that Olivia, 18, had been ripping her off with the covert art for her virtual concert Sour Prom 

Remember when: When the Sour Prom art was released the internet abounded with comparisons to the album cover of Live Through This, a 1994 record by Courtney's band Hole

Remember when: When the Sour Prom art was released the internet abounded with comparisons to the album cover of Live Through This, a 1994 record by Courtney’s band Hole 

Meanwhile other older singing acts are big fans of Olivia including Avril Lavigne who expressed her admiration in the new Variety profile. 

‘I think it’s important for people like Olivia to give an honest voice to so many young women who are still discovering themselves,’ Avril argued.

‘Her songs are her truth, and you can really feel that. You can tell it’s real by the way all of her fans grab onto every single word she says.’

Taylor Swift, whom Olivia looked up to immensely when she was a child, sent the teen pop act a note providing her with advice.

'Her songs are her truth': Meanwhile other older singing acts are big fans of Olivia including Avril Lavigne (pictured in 2019) who expressed her admiration in the new Variety profile

‘Her songs are her truth’: Meanwhile other older singing acts are big fans of Olivia including Avril Lavigne (pictured in 2019) who expressed her admiration in the new Variety profile

‘She wrote me a letter a while ago, and she wrote something about how you make your own luck in the world, and how you treat other people always comes back to you,’ Olivia recalled to Variety. 

Olivia, who acts on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, became a star earlier this year when her song Driver’s License became a smash hit.

Becoming an overnight sensation ‘was the craziest time of my life,’ she dished to Variety in her latest interview. 

She also spoke about the unconfirmed rumors that the song was about a love triangle involving Olivia, her High School Musical: The Musical: The Show co-star Joshua Bassett and fellow Disney+ actress Sabrina Carpenter.

Superstar: Taylor Swift (pictured at this year's Grammys), whom Olivia looked up to immensely when she was a child, sent the teen pop act a note providing her with advice

Superstar: Taylor Swift (pictured at this year’s Grammys), whom Olivia looked up to immensely when she was a child, sent the teen pop act a note providing her with advice

Olivia said of the song: ‘I put it out not knowing that it would get that reaction, so it was really strange [when] it did. I just remember [everyone being] so weird and speculative about stuff they had no idea about.’

She noted: ‘I don’t really subscribe to hating other women because of boys. I think that’s so stupid, and I really resent that narrative that was being tossed around.’

In a new GQ profile Joshua said that ‘it’s kind of like a lost cause trying to talk about any of that stuff, and I refuse to feed into any of the bullshit, so I just don’t.’ 

He argued: ‘Why don’t we focus on these women for who they are? Let’s focus on the art that they’re making and how great they are instead of their relationship to a boy.’ 

Rose to fame: Olivia became a star earlier this year when her song Driver's License became a smash hit; she is pictured in the music video for the number

Rose to fame: Olivia became a star earlier this year when her song Driver’s License became a smash hit; she is pictured in the music video for the number

Conjecture: She also spoke about the unconfirmed rumors that the song was about High School Musical: The Musical: The Show co-star Joshua Bassett (pictured)

Conjecture: She also spoke about the unconfirmed rumors that the song was about High School Musical: The Musical: The Show co-star Joshua Bassett (pictured)

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