Olivia Rodrigo Reveals Her Therapist’s Reaction to ‘Brutal’: ‘Have I Not Grown at All?’

Olivia Rodrigo recently opened up about her therapist’s reaction to the song “brutal.” The track was one of many smash hits from Rodrigo’s award-winning 2021 album Sour. Here’s what the pop said about the hit and other times she has opened up about therapy in the past. 

Olivia Rodrigo shared her therapists’ reaction to her song ‘brutal’

In a December 2021 interview with Time, Olivia Rodrigo got candid about what making music means to her. “Songwriting is the thing I take most seriously in my life,” the 18-year-old said. “It’s the most personally gratifying too.” 

She opened up about the songwriting process for the tracks on Sour, her debut album as a solo artist. “I literally wrote them in my bedroom,” Rodrigo said. “And I think you can tell.”

The singer also discussed her therapist’s reaction to “brutal,” the first song on Sour. “She was like, ‘That song is like everything we talk about today,’” Rodrigo described. “And I’m like, ‘Oh, no! Have I not grown at all?’”

Olivia Rodrigo poses at an event.
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Talking about ‘brutal’ isn’t the first time Olivia Rodrigo has shared about her therapist’s reaction to her songs

Olivia Rodrigo has been candid in the past about her mental health and therapy. Speaking to Time about “brutal” wasn’t the first time she has shared her therapist’s reaction to one of her songs.

In an April 2021 conversation with Interview Magazine, Rodrigo revealed that her therapist was moved to tears by the song “drivers license,” the lead single from her Sour album and the track that arguably launched her music career. 

“Recently people have started coming up to me and being like, ‘I really love your song. It helped me get through a really hard time,’” Rodrigo said. “That’s just such a big honor. I feel like they can see me for who I really am, not this character that I’m playing or this script that I’m reading.”

She added, “It’s being received really well by adults, too, which is crazy. When it first came out, my therapist called me and she was like, ‘Girl, I’ve been married for ten years, I’m 40, but this song makes me cry.’”

Olivia Rodrigo performs on stage with a guitar.
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The singer also mentioned therapy in her hit ‘good 4 u’

Olivia Rodrigo not only discusses therapy and mental health openly in interviews, but she also mentions it in her music. 

Her song “good 4 u” talks about finding a therapist for her ex-boyfriend so he could become a better version of himself for his next lover.

Rodrigo sang the lyrics, “Good for you, I guess that you’ve been working on yourself/I guess that therapist I found for you, she really helped/Now you can be a better man for your brand-new girl.”

She went on to sing that her ex looks “happy and healthy,” possibly pointing to the benefits of therapy. 

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