But on top of that, they’ve also made ‘writing-songs-about-my-exes’ a trademark in their music careers.
Critics and fans alike have also praised them for their shared ability to write lyrics that have depth. With that said, some have even considered calling Olivia Rodrigo as the ‘Taylor Swift’ of the new generation.
The Back to December singer seems to be perfectly fine with this comparison. In fact, she might have even taken up a mentor role in Olivia’s life as she continues to shower the young artist with love and support by sending her some personal gifts and offering professional advice.
For some, this may just be a simple act of courtesy by TayTay. But for others, this may be a sign that Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo are not just connected by music, but related by blood. Sisters in music, that is, both figuratively and literally.
To set the records straight, let’s take a look at their family ancestry and see if Olivia and Taylor are related.
Taylor Swift’s Family Background
Born on December 13, 1989, Taylor Alison Swift is the eldest child of parents Scott Kingsley and Andrea Swift. Her nationality is American while her ethnic background includes:
Perhaps what makes TayTay’s family background so fascinating is the fact that she’s related to a number of famous people, such as:
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Billie Eilish
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Ulysses S. Grant
- Bill Gates
- Bill Nye
- Vanessa Hudgens
- Walt Disney
- John Cena
- George Washington
Aside from being related to politicians, musicians, and artists, Taylor Swift also has royal blood. Queen Elizabeth, King Robert I, Alfred the Great, and Charlemagne are just a few royalties that are related to Taylor Swift.
Olivia Rodrigo’s Family Background
Olivia Rodrigo was born and raised in California, making her an American. However, she’s been very vocal and open about her Pacific Islander roots. Her great grandpa was actually a Filipino who emigrated to the U.S. by boat in hopes of finding a better life. With that said, Olivia is a fourth generation Filipina.
The Drivers License singer is also of German and Irish descent, but only from her distant ancestors. And although she grew up in America, Olivia still observes the Filipino culture and cooks Filipino dishes at home.
Not much is known about Olivia’s ancestors from both her mom and dad’s side. It might also be difficult to track her genealogy considering that the Philippines does not have a reliable records system during her grandpa’s time.
So, Are They Related?
Although Taylor may have called Olivia her ‘baby’ at some point, she’s actually not Olivia Rodrigo’s mom. We know, shocking. But it’s simply just a term of endearment Tay used to emphasize her mentor role in Olivia’s life.
When you have a highly successful 19-year-old who’s a huge fan of your work, it’s only natural that you take them under your wing and be proud of them, almost as if you raised them. Besides, Olivia was born in 2003 – Tay was only 13 that year, barely starting her music career herself.
On the other hand, Taylor could be old enough to be Olivia’s older sister. But sadly, Olivia is the only child of her parents, while Taylor only has a younger brother, Austin Swift.
In other words, no. Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo are not blood related in any way whatsoever. They do not share any common ancestors. They do, however, share the same passion for music. And we’re all pleading for a Taylor x Olivia collab as soon as possible!