Babe, wake up — it’s Olivia Rodrigo day. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for Miss O-Rod to release new music since I finished Sour for the first time. So, it’s no surprise that I’ve been up since midnight listening to her new single “vampire,” daydreaming about what the rest of the album will be like (can Sept. 8 come any sooner?), and checking Twitter for theories about what, and who, the song is about.
Since dropping the song at midnight ET on June 30, the internet has been in an absolute frenzy trying to figure out the meaning behind the song. Written with heartfelt lyrics and impeccable storytelling, “vampire” appears to be a song about a person taking advantage of their lover’s fame and manipulating them emotionally. This is most evident in the chorus where Rodrigo sings, “I used to think I was smart / But you made me look so naïve /The way you sold me for parts / As you sunk your teeth into me, oh / Bloodsucker, famef*cker / Bleedin’ me dry like a g*ddamn vampire.” Let’s just say, it’s not exactly a sweet love song to a great ex-lover. (But, for scorned folks like me, it hits way too deep — and I love it.)
After hearing Rodrigo’s intense lyrics, Twitter almost immediately started investigating: Who did Olivia Rodrigo date that made her feel like this? Girl, who hurt you?!
It’s worth noting that some songs can be, well, simply songs: It’s super common for writers to create songs around fictional characters for the sake of telling a story. And since Rodrigo hasn’t come out to announce who the song is about — and likely never will — I feel like we should just chalk these Twitter theories up to just that: Theories.
Is “Vampire” by Olivia Rodrigo about zack bia?
One of the most common fan theories on the app revolves around Rodrigo’s past relationship with internet enigma — and, I guess, DJ — Zack Bia. (Seriously, who is this guy?!) According to People, Bia and Rodrigo started dating in February 2022 around the time of the Super Bowl, but reportedly called it quits in August 2022.
While Bia and Rodrigo were private about their relationship, fans have been speculating that “vampire” is a nod to their six months together. Twitter has been quick to point out the line, “Look at you, cool guy, you got it / I see the parties and the diamonds sometimes when I close my eyes / Six months of torture you sold as some forbidden paradise.” Since Bia is known for his “cool guy” persona — attending high-profile events and dating massive stars like Madison Beer — it’s no wonder that the internet is pointing the finger at the 27-year-old.
Her Campus reached out to Bia’s team for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
Fans Also theorize that “Vampire” is about adam faze.
Additionally, Twitter has also put the magnifying glass on another one of Rodrigo’s exes: Adam Faze. ICYMI, the singer was linked to 26-year-old producer Adam Faze starting in May 2021. Again, the couple was pretty private during their relationship, and they reportedly called it quits around the eight-month mark. According to Twitter the lyrics, “Went for me and not her / ‘Cause girls your age know better” may allude to their large age gap at the time. Additionally, the song was released on what would’ve been the couple’s two-year anniversary. Coincidence? Maybe. Her Campus reached out to Faze’s team for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
At least we can all agree, I’m glad Joshua Basset is taking a break from the heat for now. Wishing you rest, king.