The Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett drama: EXPLAINED

Allow us to break down 2021's biggest beef 🐸☕️

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by Carl Smith |
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As if there wasn't enough going on in the world right now, the internet's latest drama comes courtesy of a very unlikely pair indeed.

Yep - while Millennials may remember Eamon and Frankee's respective break-up bangers F**k It (I Don't Want You Back) and F.U.R.B (F U Right Back), 2021's all about High School Musical: The Musical: The Series stars Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett's bitter feud.

Even if you've never watched Disney+ telly show HSMTMTS, you can't have failed to have heard Olivia's number one song drivers license. Having already amassed over 30 million streams on Spotify, the track's thought to be about rumoured ex-boyfriend and co-star Joshua; who apparently cheated on her with singer Sabrina Carpenter.

Still with us?

Anyway, as Joshua prepares to release his new single Lie Lie Lie - a potential comeback to drivers license - we thought we'd break down the drama into teeny tidbits of SCALDING hot tea ☕️.

Right, hop on board. It's gonna be a bumpy ride...

What happened between Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett?

Are Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series?

CORRECT. Their respective characters - Paige Olvera and Ricky Bowen date in the show.

Who is Olivia Rodrigo?

Olivia Rodrigo's an actress best known for her roles as Paige Olvera in Disney Channel's Bizaardvark and Nini Salazar-Roberts in Disney+ show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. She's also a singer, with her new track drivers licence set to hit number one in the UK Official Singles Chart Top 100.

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How old is Olivia Rodrigo?

Olivia's 17 years old and already approximately 1000 times more successful than us. So yeah.

Where is Olivia Rodrigo from?

Olivia was born in Temecula, California, USA.

What is Olivia Rodrigo's Instagram?

Keep up with her @olivia.rodrigo.

What did Taylor Swift say about Olivia Rodrigo and drivers license?

So Olivia's a huge Taylor Swift fan, and it seems the love's totally reciprocated. When Olivia shared a screenshot of her single drivers license next to Taylor's track right where you left me on the US iTunes chart, TayTay responded, 'I say that's my baby and I'm really proud.'

We stan. Collab immediately, please.

What is Olivia Rodrigo's TikTok?

Olivia Rodrigo's TikTok name is @livbedumb.

Who is Joshua Bassett?

Joshua's an actor and singer best known for playing the role of Ricky Bowen in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. He's also starred in over 30 musical productions since the age of eight. Fair.

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How old is Joshua Bassett?

Joshua's 20 years old, born on December 22nd 2000.

Where is Joshua Bassett from?

Joshua Bassett's from Oceanside, California, USA. Sounds slightly more glamorous than Chigwell, eh?

What's Joshua Bassett's Instagram name?

He's @joshuatbassett.

What is Joshua Bassett's TikTok?

You'll find Joshua TikToking (is that a thing?) under the name @joshuatbassett.

What did Joshua Bassett say about Harry Styles?

Turns out Joshua is just us obsessed with Harry Styles as us normal folk. He gushed about the former One Direction singer in an interview with Clevver News.

"He is a very classy man. He’s also very well-rounded and kinda does it all – acting, singing, fashion," he said. "I think he’s just a nice guy, doesn’t say too much, when he talks, it matters. He’s just cool – who doesn’t think Harry Styles is cool? Also, he’s hot, you know? He’s very charming, too. Lots of things."

Has Joshua Bassett 'come out' as queer?

Although he's not put a label on his sexuality, Joshua seemingly came out as part of the LGBTQ+ community while discussing Harry Styles. After labelling his fellow popstar "hot", Joshua said, "This is also my coming out video, I guess."

Did Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett date?

While Olivia and Joshua's HSMTMTS characters were indeed together, we never actually had confirmation they were together IRL. This whole story's sort of unfolding backwards, but stick with us.

What's Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett's relationship like now?

Not sure, but we can't imagine things are fine and dandy behind-the-scenes right now.

Who is Sabrina Carpenter?

Sabrina Carpenter is an actress and singer who made her debut appearance in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Since then, she's appeared in Disney Channel movies including Horns and The Hate U Give and worked on some big tunes; collaborating with The Vamps on Hands and WOW (Remix) with Zara Larsson.

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How old is Sabrina Carpenter?

Sabrina is 21 years old and - yep - everyone reckons the 'she's so much older than me' line in drivers license is about her.

Where is Sabrina Carpenter from?

Sabrina's from Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

What is Sabrina Carpenter's Instagram?

You'll find her @sabrinacarpenter.

What is Sabrina Carpenter's TikTok?

Sabrina Carpenter's TikTok name is @sabrinacarpenter.

Has Sabrina said anything about the Olivia and Joshua situation?

Not as yet, but we're literally have notifications turned on for her social posts at this point. We're ready for some tea.

Surely it's only a matter of time?

Is Joshua Bassett dating Sabrina Carpenter?

All speculation at this point. We can neither confirm nor deny. Soz.

What's the deal with Olivia Rodrigo's All I Want TikTok?

Olivia posted a now-infamous TikTok featuring her HSMTMTS song All I Want - which her character Paige sang about her split from Ricky (aka Joshua) - with the caption 'And that’s on failed relationships' in August 2020.

Cue the internet getting itself into a right tizz. Real life break-up rumours galore, mate.

What is Olivia Rodrigo - drivers license about?

Put simply, Olivia's track drivers license is about her passing her test, getting her license and driving past the home of an ex-boyfriend, with whom they used to talk about said drivers license.

Very much does what it says on the tin, really.

Is Olivia's drivers license a response to Joshua's songs Not Right Now and Common Sense?

Fans are convinced the lyric 'Guess you didn't mean what you wrote in that song about me' in drivers license is in response to Joshua's tracks Not Right Now and Common Sense in particular; with the latter song being about second chances. Hmmm.

What lyrics in Olivia Rodrigo - drivers license are about Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter?

We can't confirm, but many believe the lyric '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' to be about Joshua's rumoured fling with Sabrina.

Wouldn't be the most ridiculous interpretation, we're sure you'll agree.

Is Olivia Rodrigo performing drivers license at the Brit Awards 2021?

Olivia Rodrigo is set to make her debut UK performance at the Brit Awards on Tuesday 11 May. While it hasn't yet been confirmed what song she will perform, we can't imagine her singing anything other than her mega-hit drivers license..

Who is Olivia Rodrigo's song good 4 u about?

In the song, Olivia sings, "good 4 u I guess you moved on really easily. You found a new girl and it only took a couple weeks."

If we go by her and Joshua's relationship timeline (though, it's never been confirmed), it's speculated that any romance the pair did have ended in 2020 after they were thought to have started dating in 2019.

Then - the plot thickens - in June 2020, 20-year-old Joshua was spotted out and about with fellow singer and actress Sabrina Carpenter.

Olivia also sings, "I guess that therapist I found for you, she really helped," and, in an interview with Vulture earlier this month, Joshua told the publication, "I think everyone should, if they can afford it, really consider taking therapy.

"I don’t care how well-off you think you are — even therapists do therapy. It’s such a fundamental thing that I wish I had started doing sooner."

What is Joshua Bassett's Lie Lie Lie song?

Joshua recently announced that his brand new single - Lie Lie Lie - will be released on January 14th.

So, is Joshua Bassett - Lie Lie Lie about Olivia Rodrigo and drivers license?

TBC, to be honest; though the title alone had many fans speculating it'll be a response track to Olivia. Gah, we can't cope.

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Surely the lyrics are a hint Lie Lie Lie is about Joshua and Olivia's supposed split?

Well, he does sing 'So you can lie, lie, lie, lie, lie. Go ahead and try, try, try, try, try. It won't work this time, time, time, time, time. Kiss your ass goodbye, bye, bye, bye, bye. I'll kiss your ass goodbye.'

So...yeah. Highly likely.

How can I watch Olivia and Joshua in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series?

Get yourself a Disney+ subscription, babes.

PHEW. Talk about a bloomin' tour de force. We'll be sure to keep you posted as to any major developments over the coming days/weeks/months. We're VERY heavily invested.

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