And while the BTS news was exciting, it was another comment Sheeran made during the interview that drew the most commentary. “I love Olivia Rodrigo,” Sheeran told host Michael Bennett. “I don’t know if she would like this comparison, but I’ve been saying for years the world needs a new Avril Lavigne. You know, like a girl who rocks out and writes the song, and she’s 17, and she’s, like, fantastic. I love that whole thing that’s going on.”
Sheeran, 30, also gave props to Billie Eilish during the chat. He was clearly trying to put the spotlight on some younger artists he admires, but Twitter had a few things to say about the fact that both Rodrigo and Lavigne write their own songs and that Avril, not for nothing, is still a recording artist releasing new music.
“Olivia rodrigo is olivia rodrigo. There’s only one avril lavigne and she’s releasing a new pop punk album this summer,” wrote one.
Check out Sheeran’s interview (the BTS/Rodrigo bits begin at 7:05 mark) and the Twitter responses to his Rodrigo comment below.