Olivia Rodrigo Reveals How She Got Caught “Stalking” Her Ex on Instagram

After Olivia Rodrigo raised eyebrows after following an ex on social media, she admitted she was not, in fact, hacked but was instead caught red-handed.

By Brahmjot Kaur Dec 08, 2023 6:01 PMTags
Watch: Olivia Rodrigo Got Caught "Stalking" Her Ex On Instagram

Lurking on your ex's social media might be a bad idea, right?

Well, Olivia Rodrigo learned that lesson the hard way. 

"I try to follow zero people because it helps me be off of my phone," she revealed of her approach to Instagram on the Dec. 7 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "But I had this very embarrassing encounter once where I was stalking my ex—as one does, sue me, sorry! And I accidentally followed him because I was stalking him." 

She added, "And I was just following one person, so it was super obvious that I was following him."

Unfortunately, the nightmare-inducing snafu didn't end there as the "vampire" singer's phone died just moments later.

"My friend ran into my room," Olivia told host Jimmy Fallon. "And was like, ‘Oh my god, did you mean to follow him? Unfollow him!' And I grabbed my phone, like, 'Oh shoot, oh my god!'"

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"And I didn't have my charger, so I was just following my ex for a while," the Grammy singer continued. "People were like, 'Oh my gosh, she's hacked!' And I'm like, 'Yeah, you guys, be safe!'"

But Olivia won't have deja vu anytime soon as she added she's since created a Finsta, a secret account on Instagram, to avoid repeating the incident.

While the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series alum didn't name the ex in question, fans were quick to remember when Olivia followed costar Joshua Bassett, 22, on Instagram in July.

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"I remember when this happened," one commenter wrote under the Tonight Show interview, "everyone freaked out that she was following josh and they were like omg they're back together! this is hilarious i love her for that."

As another pointed out, "She just confirmed her ex was Joshua Basset!!!!"

The incident came weeks before Olivia and Joshua—who has been long rumored to be the subject of her breakout hit "drivers license"—were seen on the red carpet for the premiere of the Disney+ show's third season.

And even though fans have continued to speculate the inspiration behind the ballad, Olivia has chosen to stay quiet on that front.

"I totally understand people's curiosity with the specifics of who the song's about and what it's about," she told Billboard in 2021, "but to me, that's really the least important part of the song."

 As she put it: "It's resonating with people because of how emotional it is and I think everything else is not important."

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Read on to get a glimpse into more singers' dating lives.

Selena Gomez and Benny Blanco

The "Lose You to Love Me" singer seemingly debuted her romance with the music producer in December 2023, writing in an Instagram comment, "He is my absolute everything in my heart."

Selena—who previously dated Justin Bieber and The Weekndhas known Benny for at least eight years, as they worked together on her 2015 Revival tracks "Same Old Love" and "Kill Em With Kindness."

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce

The Grammy winner saw sparks fly with the Kansas City Chiefs football player during the cruel summer of 2023.

“This all started when Travis very adorably put me on blast on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell,” she told TIME in December 2023. “We started hanging out right after that. So we actually had a significant amount of time that no one knew, which I’m grateful for, because we got to get to know each other. By the time I went to that first game, we were a couple. I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game? We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date.”

Miley Cyrus and Maxx Morando

The Hannah Montana alum has been getting flowers from the Liily drummer since 2021.

"It's official between them," a source told E! News in January 2022, with a second insider adding, "They are both artistic and creative, so they bond over being musicians."

Harry Styles and Taylor Russell

The One Direction alum seemingly kicked off his golden romance with the Bones and All actress in 2023 following his split from Olivia Wilde. Harry and Taylor were spotted holding hands in London in September 2023, and he attended her final West End performance in The Effect the following month.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

The music legends tied the knot on April 4, 2008 and went on to welcome daughter Blue Ivy on January 7, 2012 and twins Rumi and Sir on June 13, 2017.

"I was 20 years old when we first started dating," Bey told Jay-Z on his birthday in 2006. "You taught me how to be a woman. You taught me how to live. You taught me how to be a friend. You've given me so much in life."

Adele and Rich Paul

The singer said hello to a new romance when she reconnected with the sports agent in 2021. Later that year, she praised him as "hilarious" and "very smart" during her CBS special, noting, "It's quite incredible watching him do what he does and just the easiness of it and very smooth."

As Adele told The Hollywood Reporter in December 2023, "Rich and I have always known everything about each other since the day we got together." 

Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater

After news broke of Ariana's split with husband Dalton Gomez in July 2023, she said "thank u, next" and started a relationship with her Wicked costar, who officially filed for divorce from his wife Lilly Jay in September 2023.

Demi Lovato and Jutes

The pair met while working on her 2022 single "Substance" and she debuted her romance with the "Too Easy" artist in August 2022.

"We worked really well together and we're also just super in love," the Disney alum said on The Jennifer Hudson Show in December 2023. "It's amazing to find someone that you just laugh with and that you get to make music with."

A$AP Rocky and Rihanna

They found love after first meeting over a decade ago. The singers performe d"Cockiness" at the MTV Video Music Awards and grew closer over the years. Things seemed to turn romantic by 2018, when they cozied up at a Louis Vuitton fashion show. 

The couple welcomed son RZA on May 13, 2022 and baby boy Riot Rose in August 2023.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck

Her love didn't cost a thing—except 20 years' wait. Though they originally got engaged in November 2002, Ben and J.Lo ultimately broke up and spent years apart. Their rekindled romance took off, with a second engagement in April 2022 and tied the knot just three months later.

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