Olivia Rodrigo’s driver’s license is, yet again, causing drama.
This time, it’s thanks to a recent trip to London and a visit to a local pub. As a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the host asked, “I know that London is a favorite city of yours — that wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that you can drink alcohol at 18, would it?” The 19-year-old “Drivers License” singer confessed that when she visited London last month for the BRIT Awards, she and a friend did in fact go out for a celebratory drink. When the bouncer asked for ID, however, Rodrigo said, “I was like ‘oh my god, I can show them my real ID this is amazing.’” Her friend even had to rifle through a wallet full of fake IDs before finding her real one, since neither of them were used to being “truly legal.”
Rodrigo wasn’t breaking the law by having a drink in the UK, though the same can’t be said for her talk of a fake ID, which is presumably for use in the U.S. The laws vary state to state, but you can be arrested for using a fake ID in the U.S., and in some states you can even be charged with a felony, according to MTV News.
Aside from the legal implications in the U.S., BuzzFeed News pointed out that people were quick to compare Rodrigo’s openness about drinking with Disney Stars from the early aughts like Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens, who were often shamed in the media for any slight deviation from their polished Disney images. Disney execs were also notoriously strict with Disney child stars, particularly the girls. “Imagine if Miley [Cyrus] talked about having a fake ID the way Olivia Rodrigo does. My girl would have been burned at the stake,” tweeted one user.
Another user pointed out that Rodrigo is able to speak more freely than past starlets because “she’s not a Disney Channel girl.” Although Rodrigo did star in the Disney+ High School Musical spin-off series and is releasing her forthcoming documentary on the same platform, she also signed with Interscope Records and Geffen Records in 2020 — a move that has allowed her more autonomy as an artist and a public person.
Fans are also hilariously envisioning what it must be like when Olivia Rodrigo — a chart-topping pop star known around the world — hands her fake ID to a bouncer in the United States. “Thoughts and prayers to the bouncers who have to pretend they don’t know who Olivia Rodrigo is when she flashes a fake ID,” tweeted one user.
After sharing her fake ID saga on the late night show, Corden quipped, “How did it feel to try alcohol for the first time?” To which Rodrigo responded, “Yeah…the first time…it was amazing.”