After High School Musical: The Musical: The Series premiered on Disney+ in November 2019, fans immediately fell in love with Joshua Bassett (who plays Ricky in the fan-favorite show). Prior to his Disney+ debut, the actor had a brief stint on the Disney Channel show Stuck in the Middle, but it wasn’t until fans heard his singing voice that they became smitten with the talented actor.
As Joshua’s fame grew, fans started to become interested in his love life, which led to romance rumors between him and his costar, Olivia Rodrigo. Although the pair never confirmed their rumored relationship, there were many times when they cozied up together during interviews and when Joshua admitted he improvised the “I love you” scene between their HSMTMTS characters, viewers were convinced they were more than friends.
“It is the most powerful feeling in the world when you don’t even have to think, and it just comes through you. It was really a magical moment,” he told the Los Angeles Times about that particular moment on set with Olivia. “Every single time, I would change it to something else that was specific to her and I, and getting her reaction out of it was the best thing in the world.”
It’s unclear exactly what went down between Olivia and Joshua parted ways, but the actor was spotted with Sabrina Carpenter in July 2020. Rumors about what went on between these three have been swirling since January 2021 when Olivia released her song “Drivers License.”
Then in May 2021, Joshua came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community during an interview. At the time, Joshua declared his admiration for Harry Styles and called him “hot,” following up with: “I guess this also my coming out video, I guess.”
“Don’t let anyone tell you love isn’t love,” he explained to GQ in June 2021. “They’re the ones who probably need it the most.”
Months later, during a separate interview with GQ in December 2021, Joshua gave an update on his relationship status. The actor declared that “at the moment” he’s not ready to be in love, noting that his dating life is “non-existent … I think that’s something that’s been good about this last little bit: I’m good on my own. I don’t need somebody else.”
Joshua continued, “Ultimately, being in a relationship is a responsibility. I don’t know if I’m ready for that. … I’ve only had three [relationships], despite what it seems.”
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