Sabrina Carpenter Was Called Out By James Corden For "Skirting Around The Controversy" And Not Answering Questions About Olivia Rodrigo
"I do feel like I'm saying things if you're paying attention. Maybe I'm not saying the things you want me to say."
OK, look, we've been through this supposed feud between Olivia Rodrigo, Sabrina Carpenter, and Joshua Bassett a million times already, but new things just keep on happening — so we're back here again to dive into the latest goings-on in drama town.
By now you probably already know where this feud started, but here's the backstory so we're all on the same page...
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series costars Olivia and Joshua were rumored to be dating, although this was never confirmed. However, sometime last summer, whispers started to spread that there was a messy breakup going on behind the scenes, with Joshua pictured on an apparent lunch date with Sabrina around the same time that Olivia posted a picture wearing a "dump him" T-shirt.
Since then, all parties involved have released songs that appear to be not-so-subtle digs at each other. Olivia seemed to reference Sabrina as "that blonde girl" who was older and always made her "doubt" her relationship. Sabrina then appeared to respond in a song of her own, singing about how they could've been friends in another life and how "maybe blonde was the only rhyme."
In a new interview with Zach Sang, however, Sabrina was directly asked for the first time about the feud, the songs, and if she and Olivia could still be friends.
Sure, there was a lot of skirting around the questions still, but Sabrina did make some interesting points...
"That's the tricky thing with being honest with yourself and being honest enough to put it out into the world — because you know that people are going to misinterpret it," Sabrina said when asked about the reaction to the songs. "I'm very aware of that, and I'm sure other artists are aware of that."
But then came the big guns when Sabrina was straight-up asked: "Why was it important for you to reference the blonde lyric [from 'Drivers Licence'] in your song?"
"I guess people care, and I was curious as to why people cared," she said in response. "But I also think, again, people are pointing fingers. But at the same time, it's not for me to say who it is or isn't about, 'cause it's not my story. That's not my narrative."
"I'm just approaching it from the attention that people directed towards me assuming that it was me," she continued. "I was just like, well, you know, it does make sense, I am blonde — but I think I came at it from a very honest place of saying, 'I don't think anyone meant any hard feelings, and I don't think that is what it's about.'"
But Sabrina wasn't about to be let off the hook that easy. Zach then asked if she thought they could still be friends. It feels important to note that Olivia wasn't mentioned once by name, even though it seemed obvious whom they were referring to.
Sabrina, once again, kinda danced around the question, seemingly taken by surprise. "I mean, I'm absolutely, always, 100% like ... you've talked to me! Of course!" she said. "Absolutely, and if anyone talks to me, I think they would know that."
She added. "Anything is possible. Absolutely."
Not content with grilling her for tea about the feud, one of the interviewers laughed and said, "You're so good at answering questions without answering questions," which Sabrina took slight issue with.
This all comes within hours of Sabrina also being accused of "skirting around the controversy" by James Corden during an interview earlier this week.
When vaguely asked about the drama, Sabrina gave a similar answer to others she's given about the topic. When pressed, she added: "People will make a narrative out of something, always, and I think that this was a really interesting song for people to kind of misinterpret and make it into something that it wasn't really supposed to be in the first place."