A Taylor Swift Song Reveals That She Has Feared Being Replaced By A Young Artist Like Olivia Rodrigo Since She Was 22 Years Old, And People Think It's The Root Of Their Rumored Feud

On Saturday, speculation surrounding Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift's relationship once again reached fever pitch thanks to a new interview.

You may recall that back in 2021, the same year that Olivia entered the music scene, Taylor released her version of her 2012 album Red, complete with previously-unheard tracks "from the vault."

One of those vault songs was

"Lord, what will become of me once I've lost my novelty?" Taylor questions in "Nothing New," before singing in the chorus: "I've had too much to drink tonight / And I know it's sad, but this is what I think about / And I wake up in the middle of the night / It's like I can feel time moving."

<div><p>"Will you still want me when I'm nothing new?" she muses. </p><p>In the second verse, which was written by Taylor but is sung by her friend <a href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/stephaniesoteriou/paul-mescal-has-broken-his-silence-on-the-grief-of-his-and" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Phoebe Bridgers;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Phoebe Bridgers</a>, the lyrics ask: "Are we only biding time 'til I lose your attention and someone else lights up the room? People love an ingénue."</p><p>But it's the bridge that is particularly telling, with Taylor openly admitting that she is dreading the day that she meets a young woman that is following in her industry footsteps.</p></div><span> AZ Lyrics / Via <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fstephaniesoteriou%2Ftaylor-swift-song-fear-olivia-rodrigo-rumored-feud-1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.azlyrics.com%2Flyrics%2Ftaylorswift%2Fnothingnewtaylorsversionfromthevault.html&xcust=7528265%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:azlyrics.com;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">azlyrics.com</a></span>

"I know someday I'm gonna meet her, it's a fever dream / The kind of radiance you only have at 17 / She'll know the way, and then she'll say she got the map from me / I'll say I'm happy for her, then I'll cry myself to sleep," she sings.

When Red (Taylor's Version) was released two years ago, many expressed their disbelief that

"Anyway, I wrote a song on it called 'Nothin New' and it's about being scared of aging and things changing and losing what you have," Taylor goes on. "It says 'I'm getting older and less sure of what you like about me anyway.' And in the chorus it says 'How can a person know everything at 18, and nothing at 22? And will you still want me.. when I'm nothin new.' It's a really vulnerable song, but I think it's important to say."

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And it's perhaps unsurprising that Olivia was the first person to pop into listeners' minds when they heard the song for the first time, with the parallels being undeniable.

After all, with Taylor now being in the industry for 17 years, Olivia, now 20, spent most of her life being a dedicated fan of the star's before embarking on her own career.

In fact, Olivia has always been incredibly open about the way that Taylor inspired her, and even credited her as "the reason" she is a songwriter.

The newly-established star began her career as a Disney actor in the late 2010s, but transitioned into music in 2021 at the age of 17. That same year, she said in an interview that she was "the biggest Swifitie in the whole world."

At first, Taylor seemed supportive. When Olivia's debut song

Olivia was clearly overwhelmed by the attention from her idol, and showed off a ring that Taylor had sent her during an interview with Ryan Seacrest. “She gave me this ring because she said she wore one just like it when she wrote Red and she wanted me to have one like it and all of this amazing stuff," Olivia said. "She’s like hand-wrapped these gifts.”

The two finally met in person at the Brit Awards in May 2021, where they posed for a sweet photo together as Olivia's record-breaking career continued to climb. But when Olivia's debut album Sour was released to huge critical acclaim shortly afterwards, the situation seemingly, well, soured between the two singers.When the album was released, Taylor was credited on the song

In an interview with Zach Sang, Olivia explained that she wrote her lyrics over the chords for Taylor's 2017 album track and that she felt "lucky" to have had the interpolation approved.

But in July 2021, fans noticed that Taylor had been retroactively credited on Olivia's hugely popular single

While neither Taylor, Hayley, or Olivia publicly commented on the situation, many expressed their discomfort at the way that an up-and-coming new artist had seemingly been targeted by more established stars, and other musicians came to Olivia’s defense.

When the teen was accused of copying a guitar riff from one of Elvis Costello’s songs in her track “Brutal” he tweeted: “This is fine by me. It's how rock and roll works. You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy. That's what I did.

And while the credit debacle was handled incredibly privately by all teams involved, there was a palpable change in Olivia and Taylor's public relationship afterwards.

Gone were the days where the two would shout one another out on social media. In fact, they stopped mentioning each other all together as their budding friendship seemingly came to an abrupt end. Then, in October 2021, Olivia reflected on encountering

Looking back on her early success, Alanis told the singer: “There was a lot of bullying and a lot of jealousy and a lot of people whom I’d adored my whole life being mean girls,” to which Olivia replied: “Same!”

Olivia's career continued to thrive in spite of the drama, and in 2022 she became the second youngest artist to be nominated in all four of the general Grammys categories in the same ceremony — including the much-coveted “Album of the Year.” If you’re wondering, the youngest artist to achieve this was Billie Eilish in 2020.Due to the interpolation credits, Taylor was initially included alongside Olivia's team for the Sour nomination, in addition to her own nomination for her album Evermore. However, the Recording Academy later backtracked and removed Taylor and her collaborators' names from Olivia's work, stating that they would not be eligible for a Grammy if Sour won due to the academy's guidelines surrounding interpolated tracks. Shortly afterwards, Olivia alluded to the song credit situation as she admitted to Time: “It was really frustrating to see people discredit and deny my creativity.” Her producer then pointedly added to the publication:

While neither Taylor or Olivia's albums won the Album of the Year Grammy, Olivia did walk away with three accolades that evening; Best Pop Vocal Album, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Fast-forward to 2023, and Taylor has publicly aligned herself with Sabrina Carpenter, who is widely assumed to be Olivia's love rival from the Sour era.   

Just days before "Vampire's" release in June, Taylor announced that Sabrina — who she referred to as a “sweet angel princess” — would be joining her on her international Eras tour as a special guest.


In the opening lyrics, Olivia accuses the subject of her song of building a “castle” out of people that they “pretend to care about,” which could easily be correlated to the royalties that Taylor banked after feigning friendship with Olivia. “I loved you truly,” Olivia recalls. “Gotta laugh at the stupidity.”

“I used to think I was smart / But you made me look so naive / The way you sold me for parts / As you sunk your teeth into me,” Olivia continues, with being sold for parts a potential analogy to the way that Taylor secured herself partial credit for Olivia’s work. In the second verse, Olivia sings that she was warned that the subject of her song was “bad, bad news” and shares her regret at believing their defense that all of their critics were just “crazy.”And self-proclaimed “mastermind” Taylor is the first to admit that her reputation precedes her. She has also had her fair share of public feuds over the years, which makes it plausible that after almost two decades in the industry there are people who might speak out against her to upcoming new singers. 

Olivia's subsequent lyric: “Went for me and not her / Cause girls your age know better” could then be a potential reference to her being an easy target because she is a young and inexperienced artist compared to veterans in the industry who may be harder to manipulate.

While on the surface references to

It has been argued that the way that Taylor and Olivia’s relationship seemingly unfolded indisputably ties into Taylor’s own frank admission in "Nothing New."

<div><p>"Even if Nothing New wasn’t written about Olivia, I think the song tells a lot about how Taylor feels towards new and upcoming artists," one person wrote on a <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fstephaniesoteriou%2Ftaylor-swift-song-fear-olivia-rodrigo-rumored-feud-1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fr%2FFauxmoi%2Fcomments%2F13o3zfh%2Fdeep_dive_on_olivia_rodrigo_and_taylor_swift%2F&xcust=7528265%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Reddit;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Reddit</a> forum. "I always felt like the line 'then she’ll say she got the map from me' about a young female artist hints that Taylor expects some credit for the new generation of female artists. I’d imagine Olivia wants to be her own artist and not feel like she 'owes' her success to someone else."</p><p>"Taylor is openly insecure about the prospect of losing relevancy and being replaced (see The Lucky One, Nothing New, the Miss Americana Netflix doc)," another agreed. "I’m sure she didn’t want to be buddy buddy with someone who’s being called 'The next Taylor Swift'."</p><p>"Taylor clearly has a horrifying fear of being replaced and likely sees Olivia as a legitimate threat," one more commented.</p></div><span> Christopher Polk / Getty</span>

Someone else claimed that Taylor only appears to be comfortable supporting young artists if they stay in their place, and don't show signs that they may surpass her.

<div><p>"Taylor just doesn’t seem like a girls girl to me. She’ll uplift women if it looks good to her brand, but the moment someone comes for even a piece of the pie, she gets threatened," they wrote. "[Olivia] has the pipes and the songwriting chops and she’s so young and if all this speculation is true, that must have scared the shit out of Taylor."</p><p>And others have argued that Taylor missed an opportunity by collaborating with Phoebe instead of Olivia on "Nothing New," and suggested that this decision is evidence of tension between them.</p><p>"I really think Olivia was the choice for this collab before Phoebe," one person <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fstephaniesoteriou%2Ftaylor-swift-song-fear-olivia-rodrigo-rumored-feud-1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fr%2FTaylorSwift%2Fcomments%2Fqyk3pu%2Fnothing_news_bridge_reminds_me_so_much_of_olivia%2F&xcust=7528265%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wrote;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">wrote</a>. "Taylor usually loves making media narratives as her own, so it would have been intuitive for her to do this with Olivia. I suspect it's about the rumored fallout between them."</p></div><span> Emma Mcintyre / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management</span>

During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers ahead of Red (Taylor's Version)'s release, Taylor explained why she asked Phoebe to sing on the "really special" song.

She said:

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