Olivia Rodrigo Was Asked About The Rumored "Drivers License" Drama With Joshua Bassett. Here's What She Had To Say.
"I totally understand people's curiosity with the specifics of who the song's about and what it's about."
Teen sensation Olivia Rodrigo has a lot to celebrate right now. Her debut single "Drivers License" has shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100!
The 17-year-old has had a meteoric rise over the last couple of weeks, with her first official music release breaking a whole ton of records on its way to the top spot.
"Drivers License" now has the record for most streams of a song in a week and the most streams of a non-holiday song in a single day on Spotify. It's also the fastest song to be streamed 100 million times on the service.
Not too shabby for a debut single!
"Never in my wildest dreams did I expect all of this support," Olivia said in an Instagram post reacting to the news of her No. 1 record. "Thank u guys endlessly for listening."
"Y'all have managed to turn one of the scariest most painful moments of my life into something so positive and powerful," she added. "Sad girl shit forever."
Now, if you've even vaguely heard of "Drivers License," you might already know what Olivia was referring to with the "scariest most painful moments" that inspired the song.
Since the song's release at the beginning of January, rumors have circulated that the track is actually all about Olivia's alleged breakup with High School Musical: The Musical: The Series costar Joshua Bassett, who starred as her love interest on the Disney+ show.
Although the pair never officially confirmed their relationship in the first place, fans of the show thought a breakup was playing out behind the scenes, with a lot of convincing evidence to back up the theory.
The short (and still unconfirmed) version goes a little something like this:
Around the same time that Olivia started hinting at a breakup, Joshua was pictured on an apparent lunch date with Sabrina Carpenter. Fans noted that Sabrina fits the vague description of the girl whom Olivia's ex-boyfriend leaves her for in "Drivers License" — blonde and older than her — and that the lyrics of the song, which originally referred to a brunette, had actually been changed to fit Sabrina's appearance.
There's also a subtle clip of Olivia and Joshua while they were apparently dating that shows up in the music video, and there are some references in the lyrics that seem to confirm the song's about him. (Olivia refers to the boy in question driving a white car and, what do you know, Joshua drives a white car.)
A full breakdown of the drama is right over here if you're interested.
And the drama doesn't end with Olivia's song. Around the same time that her song was announced, Joshua also revealed a new single titled "Lie Lie Lie," which is, well, interesting.
However, despite all the drama that's apparently going down behind the scenes, Olivia wasn't going to be drawn on questions over the song when she was asked about it in a recent interview.
"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," she told Billboard. "It's resonating with people because of how emotional it is, and I think everything else is not important."
"To see it do really well — to have this really painful moment in my life, and turn it into something beautiful that can maybe help people through a tough time that they're having, like I was having a tough time — it's just so empowering," she went on. "I feel grateful that I got to do that."