Upon its release in January 2021, the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star’s song went straight to the top, literally. The former Disney Channel star’s debut into solo music hit no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and she called the single’s success “quite insane” during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music at the time. Once the song dropped, fans were quick to speculate that the lyrics were about her rumored ex-boyfriend and costar, Joshua Bassett, and his apparent new relationship with Sabrina Carpenter. We won’t unpack all that drama again, but all three stars have addressed social media speculation surrounding “Drivers License.”
“I totally understand people’s curiosity with the specifics of who the song’s about and what it’s about, but to me, that’s really the least important part of the song,” Olivia told Billboard in January 2021. “It’s resonating with people because of how emotional it is, and I think everything else is not important.”
The song’s popularity was skyrocketed into another stratosphere when Saturday Night Live did an entire skit about it in February 2021. “I was absolutely floored. I was screaming. I think being made fun of and parodied on SNL is the biggest compliment in the whole world, so that was so surreal,” Olivia told Radio.com in March 2021. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that they were going to do a ‘Driver’s License’ sketch where they played the entirety of ‘Driver’s License.'”
Not only has the track touched listeners of every age group, but celebs have spoken out online and praised the breakup anthem! Gwen Stefani, for one, called the songstress “a master at turning her heartbreak into something glorious,” in a profile for Time magazine’s “2021 TIME100 Next.”
“By pouring her heart out with so much courage and total command of her talent, Olivia made magic,” Gwen wrote. “And for anyone going through their first heartbreak, Olivia’s voice is a light in the dark, a promise that your pain can someday become a deep source of power.”
And Gwen’s not the only one! Due to the song’s popularity, Olivia has struck up a friendship with musicians she looked up to in the past, including Taylor Swift. “It’s so surreal to have my idols become my peers so quickly,” she told Radio.com. “It’s just so insane.”
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