Joshua Bassett hints at fallout from Olivia Rodrigo relationship in new songs
Joshua Bassett appeared to hit back at accusations Olivia Rodrigo allegedly made in her songs.
The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star has been caught in a speculated love triangle between them and Sabrina Carpenter.
Olivia’s song “Driver’s License” is believed to be about Joshua leaving her with Sabrina.
In the song, Olivia seemed to refer to Sabrina when she sang, “And you’re probably with that blonde girl / Who always made me doubt / She’s so much older than me / She’s everything I’m not sure.”
The singer’s highly anticipated album, SOUR, was then released, with fans convinced other songs, including âDeja Vuâ and âTraitorâ, spoke about the alleged love triangle.
Now Joshua seems to have shared his reaction not only to their alleged breakup, but to Olivia’s music as well.
On Friday, the actor released an EP titled after his three songs: Crisis / Secret / Set Me Free.
The song trilogy evolves into a progression, with two of the songs – âCrisisâ and âSecretâ – apparently sharing details of the fallout from his relationship with Olivia.
The EP’s third and final song, “Set Me Free”, could be a response to Olivia’s song “Driver’s License”.
Neither Joshua nor Olivia have confirmed that they share a romantic relationship.
In âCrisis,â Joshua sings about the feelings of âhurtâ after unspecified events, which may be a reference to the online hatred he endured after Olivia’s songs were released.
He sings: ‘But don’t you dare act like I don’t love you / Don’t think I didn’t hurt too / Never ask yourself if I’m okay after all you’ve been doing did you suffer? ‘
The second song, ‘Secret’, contains what may be the most pointed reference to Olivia; a direct quote from one of his greatest lyrics, ‘Good 4 U’.
Joshua sings: “I really hope you had a good time, so much the better for fooling you everyone.”
Joshua goes on to label the subject of the song as a calculated cover-up of “the truth” to gain the sympathy of others.
He sings: ‘When your “Woe is me” stops working / I bet your songs won’t sound the same / The truth you can’t deny changed everything / Oh you can’t hide behind what’s clear like the day. ‘
In the song ‘Set Me Free’ Joshua sings about healing feelings of pain and grief, which is perhaps a sign of how he’s been doing since the breakup.
He opens the song with moving lyrics: “I don’t know what I did to deserve all of this / I don’t want to be rude or defensive / But I experienced it too.”
Joshua later sings, “Tell my mom I’m fine while I hold back my tears / It’s been a hell of a year / And I did my time, I worked on myself / I was” I didn’t not sure I would survive, I never felt so weak / And nothing really seemed to help.
Before releasing his EP, Joshua texted fans urging them to “treat everyone with respect and love” and not to “send hate” on his behalf.
This sparked speculation online that his words would be directed at Olivia in light of their past drama.
âDue to the nature of pop culture and the current public perspective, [there] There will be a lot of strong voices in this next chapter – positive, negative and everywhere in between, âhe wrote.
âAll I ask is that you treat everyone with respect and love.
âAnyone who sends ‘hate’ on my behalf is not a fan of mine. “