Adam Levine believes that Olivia Rodrigo should be given the benefit of the some slack when it comes to paving her own music career.
Speaking about the songwriting process, the Maroon 5 band member said that writing music is “tricky” and artists one way or another “rip something off inadvertently.”
“It’s a natural thing for it to happen, and sometimes it gets ugly and sometimes it’s warranted that people take legal action,” he man explained on his Instagram story on Friday.
“Sometimes it’s not warranted that people take legal action,” he added.
“And I think there’s definitely become more of a gray area that’s reared its ugly head these days.
“Without giving an opinion on what I think as far as how that one turned out, I do think that we should probably meet this with a little more compassion and understanding and try to find a way
“All this calling out, it’s like, music is a creative thing and I just hate to see it crushed.”
His comments come after the 18-year-old retroactively gave writing credits to Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro for her song Good 4 U and for when she was accused by Courtney Love of plagiarizing her band Hole’s album cover Live Through This for her own album cover Sour.