Was Joshua Bassett sexually abused as child? Singer says ‘didn't remember' until 2020
Joshua Bassett has been part of the discussion in most of 2021 only because of his rumored ex-girlfriend Olivia Rodrigo’s chart-topping single ‘drivers license’. However, his fans got to know a bit about him when he sat for an interview with a leading fashion magazine recently. The ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ star opened up about his trauma revealing that he got sexually abused both as a child and as a teenager.
In an emotional interview with GQ, the 20-year-old singer and actor recalled his past and spoke about how he experienced sexual abuse from an individual who was way older than him. Joshua further shared that he did not even remember it until last year. On similar lines, the Disney star also has plans to shed light on past trauma with the help of his podcast which should be launched in 2022.
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Was Joshua Bassett sexually abused as a child?
In his latest touching interview, Joshua Bassett decided to open up on his troubled childhood saying, “I experienced sexual abuse a lot in my childhood.” He continued, “I didn't remember that until last year, which is pretty insane. I buried it so far." While Joshua shared the details, he refrained from naming the individual. “And when I was a teen, a much older man routinely abused me, and I wasn't able to see it for what it was at the time”, concluded the ‘Crisis’ hitmaker.
Joshua also shared that he plans to explore the issues around childhood sexual abuse with the help of a "heavy talks" podcast that will "hopefully help people who are experiencing that." Speaking on the same, he added, “It's "the podcast that I wish I had when I was a kid.” Hinting a bit about his healing, he also revealed that he was now "so much stronger than before."
Did Joshua Bassett take a dig at Olivia Rodrigo in new songs?
Joshua Bassett dropped a new EP on Friday, December 3, called ‘Crisis/Secret/Set Me Free’ that also refers to the name of the songs. The Internet soon assumed that many of his lyrics on these songs were directed at his rumored ex-lover Rodrigo. Though he did not clear the air in his latest interview, Joshua did share what the song ‘Set Me Free’ meant. The singer-songwriter stated, “It is an anthem for me and the sort of people who've held pain and power over me my whole life”, as he referred to one of the lyrics saying, “You've taken so much from me but you don't get to take all of me."
In the song ‘Crisis’, Joshua croons Don’t you ever wonder if I’m okay after all you put me through? / Half the shit you’re sayin’ is only half true. / Messin’ with my life as a career move / I can’t help but wonder / why you won’t make it end?”. Fans speculated that these lyrics pointed towards Olivia’s number one hit single ‘drivers license’ which was supposedly a dig at Joshua. In the song, ‘Secret’, Joshua reportedly makes a ‘Good 4 U’ reference as he sings, “I really hope you had your fun / Good for you foolin' everyone / You had me tricked for 16 months.”
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