Ahead of her expected number-one debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Drivers License,” High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Olivia Rodrigo revealed Niall Horan has reached out to her to give some solid advice about sudden fame.
“Drivers License” has shattered streaming records since its release, and earned praise from Taylor Swift, who called Rodrigo “my baby.” It’s already topped several music charts in the United Kingdom and Australia, reports Billboard.
The fame was sudden for the 17-year-old actress, who recently opened up to the UK’s Big Top 40 and said her instant stardom “is just so surreal.” She feels “grateful” for all the support, especially from Niall and Taylor.
“The fact that [Niall] reached out to me was amazing,” Rodrigo gushed. “We’ve actually been texting and he’s like, giving me advice on all of the craziness in the music industry, so it’s been really amazing.”
It’s especially satisfying, considering Olivia admits she used to write One Direction fan fiction back when she was in middle school, adding, “Just, like, the cheesy, ‘Oh, Harry [Styles] proposes to you!’ Stuff like that…I was that die-hard of a fan.”
As for how she feels about Taylor calling her “my baby,” the teenager gushed, “That truly just made my life. I’m just her biggest fan. But yeah, it’s just incredible. I truly cannot really process all of this.”
Fans are convinced “Drivers License” is about a love triangle between Olivia, her co-star and rumored ex Joshua Bassett, and Bassett’s alleged new girlfriend, Sabrina Carpenter. Olivia hasn’t confirmed this, though.
By Megan Duley
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