Fans are convinced that Olivia Rodrigo’s new song “Driver’s License” has connections to Sabrina Carpenter and Joshua Bassett.
By Remy Zerber
Olivia Rodrigo’s new song “Driver’s License” is a big hit, topping most of the charts within the first day it was released. However, it has caused some drama with Sabrina Carpenter and Joshua Bassett, two other singers, and Disney Channel stars.
Josh and Olivia co-starred on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series together. They were rumored to be dating and broke up in August 2020. After they broke up, Josh was rumored to be dating Sabrina because they posted a video dressed up as Sharkboy and Lavagirl to TikTok on Halloween together. This would suggest they were quarantining together. Olivia’s song is rumored to be about a love triangle between the three singers.
In her song, Olivia sings "And you're probably with that blonde girl / Who always made me doubt / She's so much older than me / She's everything I'm insecure about," which could be about Sabrina because she is blonde and four years older than Olivia. Olivia also sings “I still see your face in the white cars, front yards/Can't drive past the places we used to go to” which is ironic because Josh has a white car.
Another line in the song is "I guess you didn't mean what you wrote in that song about me" which could be another clue. This could be referring to Josh’s other songs, “Common Sense” and “Anyone Else”. "Common Sense" is about the possibility of getting back together after a breakup, and "Anyone Else" is about an ex moving on and seeing them with another person. These songs are believed by some to be about Olivia. Some people think the hands in the music video for “Anyone Else” belong to Sabrina Carpenter.
People also believe that Josh and Sabrina have responded to Olivia’s song with other songs. Josh’s rumored response song is called “Lie, Lie, Lie” and Sabrina’s responded with her song “Skin”, although they both denied that the songs were about Olivia. Josh said his song was about an ex-best friend who kept lying about him behind his back and Sabrina said her song was about a bunch of situations that got under her skin.
Fans think that “Skin” is directed at Olivia because she sings “Maybe we could've been friends if I met you in another life” and people think she is talking about Olivia because she is mad at her. Sabrina also sings “Maybe blonde was the only rhyme, The only rhyme”. People think she is referencing Olivia’s song because Olivia wrote “And you're probably with that blonde girl/Who always made me doubt”. Fans think Sabrina is the blonde girl that Olivia is writing about. Originally, Olivia wrote “brunette girl” but then changed it to “blonde girl” which causes even more speculation among fans.
Ironically, all three songs came out around the same time. However, Josh said he wrote his song in the summer of 2020 and his release date was planned for a while so it was just a coincidence that Sabrina and Olivia both released songs around the same time too. However, some fans still think that “Lie, Lie, Lie” and “Skin” are about Olivia’s song because the music video for her song is similar to the ones for Josh’s and Sabrina’s songs. All three music videos have scenes of the actors doing something in a car like driving it, sitting on top of it or laying on the seats. Josh’s and Olivia’s music videos also both had scenes where they were driving with blue and pink lights on their faces.
Additionally, Sabrina sings “I'm happy and you hate it, hate it, oh”. People think she is saying that Olivia hates it that Sabrina is happy with Josh. Another line in the song says “But you been telling your side/So I'll be telling mine, oh” which fans think means that she is going to tell her side of the story because Olivia told her’s. Sabrina also sings “You can try/To get under my, under my, under my skin/While he's on mine/Yeah, all on my, all on my, all on my skin”. People think she is taunting Olivia with these lines because she is saying that she is not going to get hurt by Olivia’s comments. Another thing that people are saying is Olivia put Sabrina in the spotlight and made her successful because her song made it to number one on the charts but Sabrina is saying that she earned her success on her own when she sings “You're putting me in the spotlight/But I've been under it all my life,…”. Another reference that people are talking about is when Sabrina sings, “Don't drive yourself insane”. Driving references “Driver’s License”, which is Olivia’s song.
The whole situation involving Sabrina Carpenter, Joshua Bassett, and Olivia Rodrigo is very intriguing. Fans are going to be decoding the lyrics to every song that the singers release, trying to find out who the song is about. They are going to become invested in the love triangle. Fans are so invested right now that they think every song is about the drama even though the singers have spoken out about what the songs are about. People think they know what something is really about but they don’t. The only person who knows what it is actually about is the person involved in the situation so they should stop assuming everything.
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