Courtney Love is accusing Olivia Rodrigo of allegedly imitating the cover of Hole’s 1994 album Live Through This for promotional purposes without crediting her.
The iconic cover depicts a prom queen wearing a tiara and carrying a bouquet of flowers, her mascara smudged beneath her eyes from tears. Rodrigo’s photograph has all similar elements.
“Spot the difference! #twinning! @oliviarodrigo,” Love shared across social media.
Comments flooded in from fans on both sides, with questions if Love was being passive-aggressive toward Rodrigo or actually supporting the young artist.
“She didn’t ask. So a bit of both. I dig manners,” Love told a fan.
In another message, Love expresses that Rodrigo should have sought permission from her or cover photographer Ellen von Unwerth to reproduce their cooperation.
“It was rude of her and Geffen not to ask myself or Ellen von Unwerth. It’s happened my whole career, so i.d.c. But manners is manners,” Love said of Rodrigo, who has a contract with Interscope and Geffen.
She continues with another remark, “Stealing an original idea and not asking permission is rude. There’s no way to be elegant about it. I’m not angry. It happens all the time to me. This was bad form. That’s not bullying or bomb-throwing. This person’s music has nothing to do with my life. Possibly never will. It was rude, and I have every right to stick up for my work.”
Love received a friendly response from Rodrigo, whom she tagged in her social media posts.
“love u and live through this sooooo much,” Rodrigo wrote.
“Olivia-you’re welcome. My favorite florist is in Notting Hill, London! Dm me for deets! I look forward to reading your note!” Love replied.
Additionally, Love chastised another admirer for questioning her idea’s originality.
“I doubt you did this first. I mean, nothing new under the sun and all that,” the fan wrote via Facebook. “Why not just take the nod and move on gracefully?”
Love responded, “don’t dare gatekeep me. I’m alive. And not in a c ship. It WAS IN FACT, AN ORIGINAL IDEA! No one had done ‘it’. I pride myself on having them.”