Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett

An Extensive Breakdown Of The Olivia Rodrigo And Joshua Bassett ‘Drivers License’ Drama


Jan. 12 2021, Updated 11:18 a.m. ET

Ever since it came out, Olivia Rodrigo‘s debut single, “Drivers License,” has been all anyone has talked about. Why? Well, many people are convinced that the Disney star threw some major shade towards her ex-boyfriend Joshua Bassett in the song, which premiered on January 8, 2021, so we went ahead and broke down all the drama for you.

Article continues below advertisement

First Off, Who Are Olivia Rodrigo And Joshua Bassett?

Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett

But wait, before we get into the shady song, who are these two stars, you ask?! Well, Rodrigo is most known for her role as Paige Olvera in the show Bizaardvark. When that ended in 2019, she went on to star in High School Musical: The Musical — The Series, where she not only acted in the show (she played Nini!) but she also wrote some of the songs for it! That’s where she met Bassett, who fans may recognize as Ricky from the series. He previously acted in Stuck in the Middle, Grey’s Anatomy, Game Shakers and more, and has also released some songs of his own over the years. 

What Exactly Happened Between Olivia Rodrigo And Joshua Bassett?

//olivia rodrigo joshua bassett drivers license drama quote

As fans know, the two stars played love interests in HSMTMTS, and back when they were filming the show in 2019, fans started to notice that they were hanging out a lot when the cameras stopped rolling. They posted a bunch of cute pics together on social media, and naturally, rumors started to spread that they had taken their love off the screen into real life. They never actually spoke out about the relationship while they were dating, but fans started to speculate that they had split in the summer of 2020, when the actress posted a video of herself listening to a song that they had written together for the show and wrote, “You think you can hurt my feelings? I wrote this song.”

Article continues below advertisement

“And that’s on failed relationships,” she captioned it.

Just a few weeks later, Bassett was spotted hanging out with Sabrina Carpenter (they were photographed getting lunch together), so it appeared that he had moved on. They were also spotted kissing during a Black Lives Matter protest a few weeks later, and in October 2020, they even more coordinated Halloween costumes.  

Article continues below advertisement

So Why Do People Think Olivia Rodrigo’s New Song Is About Joshua Bassett?

Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo

When Rodrigo first announced that her new song was going to come out, fans were so excited. But when Bassett also revealed that he was releasing a single called “Lie Lie Lie” on the same day, people started to wonder if it was a coincidence or not.

Article continues below advertisement

And when “Drivers License” came out, the lyrics were pretty shady. In the new tune, Rodrigo sang about a “blonde girl” who was older than her, seemingly referring to Bassett’s new relationship with Carpenter (who is four years older than her).

“I got my driver’s license last week / Just like we always talked about / ‘Cause you were so excited for me / To finally drive up to your house / But today I drove through the suburbs / Crying ’cause you weren’t around,” the lyrics read. “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 / Yeah, today I drove through the suburbs / ‘Cause how could I ever love someone else?”

Article continues below advertisement

She also referenced a song