On a sunny fall afternoon at her label’s Brooklyn offices, Phoebe Bridgers sits at a conference table, reflecting on her abortion. “I hate going to the doctor's office, so doing that was anxiety-riddled,” the musician tells Teen Vogue between sips of an oat milk latte, wearing a Lucy Dacus baseball cap perched on her white-blonde hair. Though her singing voice soars and is silky smooth, Bridgers sounds California chill in conversation, with a low pitch and prone to liberal use of cuss words. “I also hate having people near any sensitive part of my body, so I was already nervous. [In the end, though,] it was just super nice.”
Bridgers first spoke publicly about getting an abortion after the leak of the Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Not long after, the day the final decision came down, she was headlining Glastonbury and led the crowd in a “F**k the Supreme Court” chant. “F**k that sh*t, f**k America. Like all these irrelevant motherf**kers trying to tell us what to do with our f**king bodies,” she added. As her star rises, Bridgers, 28, has become more vocal about the issues she cares about.
A lifelong LA native who grew up with her brother and now-divorced parents, Bridgers has been a songwriter since childhood. She began her career doing commercials to finance recording her first album. Just a few years later, she was sleeping through the announcement of her four Grammy nominations. She remains close with her mother (who approvingly called Teen Vogue “radicalized” to Bridgers before we spoke); when awarded the 2022 Billboard Trailblazer Award for Women in Music earlier this year, it was her mom who gave her the award.
Bridgers has her own record company, Saddest Factory Records, to which she’s signed friends including Haley Dahl of Sloppy Jane and queer icons like Muna and Claud; she’s contributing to hit-TV soundtracks; and she’s finally coming off her successful Punisher tour (named for her 2020 Grammy-nominated album). Over the last few years, Bridgers has also collaborated with other indie stars, playing in Better Oblivion Community Center with Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, and performing with The National’s Matt Berninger.