Olivia Rodrigo’s hit single, Driver’s License, sparked speculation that it was written about Sabrina Carpenter and Joshua Bassett, causing for Sabrina to retaliate with her new single, Skin.
Olivia Rodrigo’s teenage romance with Joshua Bassett was brought into the spotlight in early 2021, following the huge success of her self-written single, Driver’s License. The song, which speaks about overwhelming heartbreak from someone who moves on with an older woman, resonated with listeners from all over the world. This led to many people taking a deeper look at the meaning behind the hit single.
The most notable lyric from the song hears Olivia referencing an older blonde girl who she had been insecure about, who many believe is reference to Sabrina Carpenter. This stems from the fact that Joshua and Sabrina have been in a relationship since the last half of 2020, which appears to overlap with Olivia and Joshua’s breakup. Despite the entire song having catchy lyrics that speak of Olivia’s personal feelings, listeners seem to have latched on to the line that is believed to be about Sabrina, subsequently involving her in the controversy.
A week after the release of Driver’s License, Joshua released a new song, Lie Lie Lie, and in early February 2021, Sabrina released her new single, Skin. Sabrina and Joshua’s songs are said to be comeback tracks to Olivia’s claims, who has yet to retaliate or comment on the speculation.
Whilst Olivia has remained quiet on the matter, Sabrina joined Ryan Seacrest for his podcast, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, on Thursday, 4 February 2021, where she admitted that the song was indeed released as a comeback single. Sabrina explained that she had been in the studio in January 2021, and felt that she had to address Olivia’s song.
She stated, “A lot of people were pointing fingers and, at the end of the day, I was dealing with what I was dealing with internally and the only way I ever know how to deal with things is to write about it. I’ve dealt with this situation over and over again with people trying to get to me, and I’ve allowed myself to let them get to me. This is why I felt the need to write the song.”