The drama continues! Sabrina Carpenter released a song called “Skin” on January 22, and fans were convinced that it was a response to Olivia Rodrigo‘s debut single “Drivers License.” The former Disney Channel starlet has since set the record straight.
“I wasn’t bothered by a few lines in a (magnificent) song and wrote a diss track about it, she wrote in an Instagram post. “I was at a tipping point in my life for countless reasons. So, I was inspired to do what I usually do to cope, write something that I wish I could have told myself in the past … 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 continued, “I don’t want this to become an endless cycle so please don’t take this as an opportunity to send more hate anyone’s way.”
Following the release of “Drivers License” earlier this year, the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series actress seemingly started the first love triangle of 2021, and the internet was shook. At the time, fans were convinced that the songstress shaded her rumored ex-boyfriend and costar, Joshua Bassett, and his new girlfriend, which Sabrina may have just confirmed with her own track.
Although their relationship was never confirmed, HSMTMTS viewers were convinced that Olivia and Joshua were more than friends when the show premiered in November 2019. With “Drivers License,” the former Disney Channel star dropped a few hints that things were less than perfect between her and Joshua.
“And you’re probably with that blonde girl / Who always made me doubt / She’s so much older than me,” Olivia sings on “Drivers License.” It’s important to note that in an earlier version of the song, which she teased on Instagram in 2020, the lyrics originally read “brunette girl.” At the time of the track’s release, Olivia was 17 and Sabrina was 21, which also appears to be reflected in the song’s lyrics. Another line from the song notes, “Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me,” which some people are convinced is a reference to Joshua’s 2020 single “Anyone Else.”
About a week after Olivia’s song was released, Joshua released his own single called “Lie Lie Lie.” Some fans thought this would be a response to “Drivers License,” but he seemingly shut down rumors by explaining the song’s real meaning on social media.
Things got even messier when Sabrina dropped “Skin.” One of the first lyrics in the song read, “Maybe ‘blonde’ was the only rhyme,” which appears to be a direct reference to Olivia’s single. Throughout the song, the Girl Meets World alum wishes that she could have been friends with the person she’s singing about, but as of now, she’s content with telling her side of the story.
Olivia, Joshua and Sabrina have yet to directly comment on the nature of their relationship with one another, but fans think they’ve broken it all down! Wondering what else went down between Olivia, Joshua and Sabrina? Scroll through our gallery for a look inside their rumored love triangle.
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