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Sabrina Carpenter and Olivia Rodrigo feud: ‘Skin’ lyrics explain ‘Drivers License’ drama over Joshua Bassett

While Rodrigo seemed to diss Carpenter in her song 'Driver License', fans are convinced the latter's song 'Skin' is a reply to the Joshua Bassett affair rumors
Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett (Getty Images)
Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett (Getty Images)

'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' star Olivia Rodrigo recently released her song 'Driver's License' which was received by a lot of love and admiration from her millions of fans. Many praised Rodrigo for her scintillating voice, but the song's lyrics quickly started a possible split rumor with her co-star Joshua Bassett. Upon its release, Rodrigo's track 'Driver's License' went viral, where fans started to analyze her lyrics: "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."

Fans speculated that the "blonde" in the son is Rodrigo's sly reference to 21-year-old Sabrina Carpenter and her alleged romance with Bassett. Carpenter has now released her new track 'Skin' where it looks like she is responding to Rodrigo's claims.

Sabrina Carpenter (Getty Images)

Sabrina Carpenter's 'Skin'

On January 21, Carpenter dropped 'Skin', an emotional pop song that looks like a direct response to Rodrigo's claims. As per PEOPLE, Carpenter wanted her new track to reflect the strength that is found in the most challenging times and makes a direct reference to the "blonde" lyric.

"Maybe you didn't mean it/ Maybe blonde was the only rhyme," she sings at the beginning of her track. Carpenter also points out that she's "not asking you to let it go".


"You can try to get under my, under my, under my skin while he's on mine," she sings. "I wish you knew that even you can't get under my skin if I don't let you in."

Many considered that Sabrina wrote a diss track to offend Rodrigo; however, in 'Skin,' she added, "I just hope/that one day/we both can/laugh about it," which again led many to speculate that there is no bad blood between them.

Olivia Rodrigo-Joshua Bassett-Sabrina Carpenter Love Triangle

Joshua T Bassett became a household name in the United States after he first appeared as Ricky Bowen in 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series'. Fans of the musical were over the moon after rumors started to surface that the 20-year-old star was dating his 'High School' co-star Rodrigo. Although the pair never officially confirmed the rumors, they would often share pictures that prompted many to speculate about a possible relationship. After Rodrigo's 'Driver's License' premiered online, many alleged that she has parted ways with Bassett, who is reportedly involved with singer Carpenter.

Rumors of Rodrigo dating Bassett first surfaced when they were spotted having brunch together in August 2020. Some even alleged that Bassett and Carpenter got together while he was still involved with Rodrigo. Both Carpenter and Bassett have not revealed anything about their alleged affair. Right after Rodrigo's 'Driver's License' started to dominate Apple Charts, Bassett announced his single 'Lie, Lie, Lie,' fueling more rumors about a possible feud between the two.


Fans react to alleged feud

Even though Rodrigo, Bassett or Carpenter have not directly talked about the feud or the alleged love affair, the 'High School' musical fans took to Twitter to talk about the possible love triangle drama.

One user wrote, "Sabrina Joshua and Olivia at Disney headquarters tomorrow morning." Another wrote, "Sabria literally said I hope we can laugh about this in future and be friends and y'all are saying she is being mean???" One more said, "We watching all the Sabrina, Olivia, and Joshua drama." Another fan tweeted, "Sabrina and Olivia fighting…… Meanwhile Joshua Bassett." Another fan mentioned Bassett's 'Lie, Lie, Lie' song by tweeting, "I love that everyone is talking about Olivia's and Sabrina's songs while ignoring the white boy's song."






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