The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series actress, Olivia Rodrigo, 17, released her single "drivers license" on Friday, and by Monday, her debut single had reached No. 1 on Spotify and Apple Music's global streaming charts. It also climbed the iTunes chart, earning a No. 3 spot just below Taylor Swift's two evermore deluxe tracks.
A Swiftie since her childhood, Olivia Rodrigo received praise from Taylor Swift herself, who commented, "I say that's my baby, and I'm really proud ����," on her Instagram post. Like many of Taylor Swift's heartbreak hits, Olivia Rodrigo's "drivers license" had fans wondering: Who is this song about?
Olivia Rodrigo's single is thought to be inspired by Joshua Bassett. Joshua Bassett, 20, stars alongside Olivia Rodrigo in the Disney+ High School Musical reboot, in which they play high schoolers in love.
The actors' on-screen chemistry, Instagram activity and affinity for writing music together has led fans to believe they shared an off-screen romance of sorts as well. The breakup ballad's release prompted TikTok speculation that Olivia Rodrigo is singing to Joshua Bassett directly in the lyrics.
And because Joshua Bassett has been seen hanging out with Sabrina Carpenter, many on the app believe the lyrics reference his moving on with the 21-year-old actress/singer. Here are some of the clues fans found in Olivia Rodrigo's lyrics and on social media:
Joshua Bassett helped Olivia Rodrigo learn to drive. In a resurfaced social media video discovered by LeBlanc Updates on YouTube, Olivia Rodrigo said she would "always remember" practicing driving in Joshua Bassett's car before she got her license.