Woodgrove High School Students Discuss Current Drama Surrounding Olivia Rodrigo’s Song ‘drivers license’

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Olivia Rodrigo with her assumed ex-boyfriend, Joshua Bassett, both famously known Disney Plus show High School Musical the Musical “The Series”.

Written by Kildea McMahon and Kylee Harrell

Disney Plus has boomed across the country and become the new Netflix for Disney lovers. Disney released a show only available on Disney Plus known as “High School Musical: The Musical”, a teen drama that is relatable to teens and pre-teens for its young romance and hardships throughout high school. The show’s popularity has teens focused on their favorite characters’ drama on and off the screen. 

Olivia Rodrigo, the 17 year-old Disney star and now emerging artist, has taken the Internet by storm with her new song “drivers license” and the dramatic love triangle that inspired it. The release of “drivers license” on January 8th of this year was an instant hit. Rodrigo’s debut quickly worked its way to the top, hitting No. 1 about a week after its release.

Rodrigo’s song resonated with so many because it’s an emotional piece she wrote after being heartbroken. Senior Crain Robertson expresses his views on why it was such a hit by saying the song, “Showcases the excitement that comes with growing up and falling in love, as well as the anger and sadness we feel when we realize that maybe teen romance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. ‘Drivers license’ is about moving on – or rather driving away – from the past, but never forgetting what happened. That’s why ‘drivers license’ resonates with so many; it’s our song, Olivia’s just the one who got to sing it.”

However impressive Rodrigo’s voice and writing skills were, they were not the sole reason the song went viral. Immediately after the song was released, there was speculation that the song was written about Rodrigo’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star Joshua Bassett, who was rumored to have a relationship with Rodrigo ever since the premier of the first HSMTMTS episode in November, 2019. There was never any confirmation or proof of their relationship, but many fans were eager to believe they were together. In July, 2020, Bassett was spotted with former Disney Channel star Sabrina Carpenter. It appeared that Bassett and Carpenter were in a relationship, but again, there was no confirmation of this from either party. 

The lyrics in Rodrigo’s hit seemed to confirm fans’ suspicions of the love triangle between Olivia Rodriguez, Joshua Bassett, and Sabrina Carpenter. Rodrigo writes, “You’re probably with that blonde girl who always made me doubt,” which made fans go wild, as it seemed to confirm their suspicions that Bassett broke up with Rodrigo, and is now with Carpenter. 

To add fuel to the already raging fire, Carpenter released the song “Skin,” which fans assumed was a response to Rodrigo. With lyrics such as, “Maybe blonde was the only rhyme,” and “Don’t drive yourself insane,” it was pretty obvious parts of the song were directed towards Rodrigo. 

Carpenter later made a statement in an Instagram post, trying to clear the air after her song was released, “I wasn’t bothered by a few lines in a (magnificent) song and wrote a diss track about it,” and went on to say, “the song isn’t calling out one single person. Some lines address a specific situation, while other lines address plenty of other experiences I’ve had this past year.” She ends her Instagram caption asking for no hate to be sent anyone’s way and thanking her fans for letting her grow as a person.

Sophomore Emma Boyd comments on Carpenter’s role in the situation, “Sabrina’s song was a little mean spirited and directed towards Olivia. Olivia’s song was honestly kind of complementing Sabrina if anything, saying how she is everything Olivia is insecure about, then Sabrina basically rubs it in Olivia’s face about how she’s with Josh now. Even though she ‘apologized,’ I still think it was rude.”