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The spectacle surrounding Olivia Rodrigo’s sudden viral “Driver’s License” is as dramatic as the song itself


Kennedy Tetour

Although it was never officially confirmed, most assume that Olivia Rodrigo’s hit “drivers license” was about “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” co-star Josh Bassett, who taught her how to drive.

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director

Record-breaking, dramatic, emotional — all these words fit Olivia Rodrigo’s new song, “drivers license” that was released on January 8. With tons of new development surrounding the song there’s a lot to unpack.

Rodrigo’s hit song about Joshua Bassett makes many references to their relationship. Although it was never officially confirmed, it was pretty clear that they were together. Bassett had taught Rodrigo how to drive which was the main inspiration for the song. 

As many already know,  “drivers license” is about a breakup and love triangle. The drama includes co-star Joshua Bassett from “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” Fans have also noticed her reference to “that blonde girl” is most likely the singer and actress Sabrina Carpenter that completes the triangle.

The rumors about “that blonde girl” being Carpenter were as good as confirmed when Carpenter released her song “Skin” on January 22. In Carpenter’s song, her lyrics, “Maybe blonde was the only rhyme,” “But you been telling your side / So I’ll be telling mine,” and “Don’t drive yourself insane” all seem to be references to “drivers license.”

Bassett released his song “Lie Lie Lie” on January 14. Fans have speculated that it was a bit of diss to Rodrigo. Some lyrics such as, “You’re acting oh so innocent like I’m the only one to blame,” “You can’t seem to get me off your mind,” and “You’re the victim this time,” all make it seem that way. However, Basset reported that the song was written in 2019 and he posted about it back then. 

With this song battle going on there, has been tons of gossip along with the publicity. 17 million streams of “drivers license” in one day broke records by a landslide, which begs the question:  is this a publicity stunt or just teen drama? Regardless, the theories will keep coming, and so will the songs.