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After the success of “driver’s license”, we’ve been waiting months for Olivia Rodrigo’s 'SOUR'. Could this album be throwing more shade at Joshua Bassett?

Did Olivia Rodrigo throw more shade at costar Joshua Bassett in ‘SOUR’?

She got her driver’s license last week . . . but she can’t parallel park? That’s right, we’re celebrating Olivia Rodrigo’s release of her debut album SOUR. Even if you aren’t a teenager, you can relive your teen angst with each song from the SOUR tracklist. Following the epic success of “driver’s license”, we’ve been waiting months for Rodrigo’s album.

It’s the 21st of May and that means it’s the release day! Have you been listening to SOUR? Could these songs all link back to Joshua Bassett? 

Olivia Rodrigo & Joshua Bassett

In 2019, streaming giant Disney+ released High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (yes, that’s seriously the title). The mockumentary-style teen drama followed the story of Nina (played by Olivia Rodrigo) and Richard (played by Joshua Bassett). The drama followed the pair off-screen when rumors began emerging that the costars were dating.

However, they didn’t confirm their romance at all and Rodrigo claimed Bassett was her best friend. In 2020, Olivia spoke with LA Times about her relationship with her HSMTMTS costar: “I love him so much. He’s my best friend, so that really made the acting authentic and really truthful. It was like I wasn’t acting.” 

It appeared as if Joshua Bassett moved on from Olivia Rodrigo and their alleged romance with Disney star Sabrina Carpenter. A mysterious TikTok from Rodrigo hinted at a possible heartbreak around the same time. Could this be a backhanded swipe at Bassett’s budding romance with Carpenter? 


and that’s on failed relationships

♬ All I Want by Olivia Rodrigo – Alyssa Elness 🦋

In January 2021, Olivia released the iconic and heartbreaking track “driver’s license”. She sings about a blonde girl who’s older (cough Sabrina Carpenter cough) and how she’s insecure about her. “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. 

However, more fuel to the fire was added when Joshua Bassett released the song not-so-subtly titled “Lie Lie Lie”. Followed by Sabrina Carpenter releasing “Skin” which shaded Olivia’s blonde girl lyric: “Maybe you didn’t mean it. Maybe ‘blonde’ was the only rhyme”. Is it too old school to just talk things through? Or do we have to release songs to express our feelings?

Are you SOUR?

Since then, we’ve been patiently waiting for Olivia Rodrigo to drop her debut album. Especially after she’s been releasing amazing singles including “drivers license”, “deja vu”, and “good 4 u.” All of which are currently viral on TikTok, of course. Let’s dive into some of the most interesting lyrics from her tracks to see if she’s shading Joshua Bassett once again:


“And ain’t it funny how you ran to her/The second that we called it quits?/And ain’t it funny how you said you were friends?/Now it sure as hell don’t look like it.”

Fans think Olivia Rodrigo is shading Joshua Bassett for moving on so quickly after their alleged romance. 

“1 step forward, 3 steps back”

“‘Cause it’s always one step forward and three steps back/I’m the love of your life until I make you mad/It’s always one step forward and three steps back/Do you love me, want me, hate me?/ Boy, I don’t understand.”

This song focuses on a love/hate relationship which is confusing and draining. It’s a gorgeous song and it could be shading the romance that never was . . . .


Olivia Rodrigo sings about when you finally find acceptance when your ex moves on. At least she’s not being too mean to Joshua Bassett here.

“We broke up a month ago/Your friends are mine, you know, I know/You’ve moved on, found someone new/One more girl who brings out the better in you.”

“favorite crime”

Ouch, this song hits us in all the feels and if Joshua Bassett made our girl feel like this . . . it’s a war. 

“Know that I loved you so bad/I let you treat me like that/I was your willing accomplice, honey/And I watched as you fled the scene/Doe-eyed as you buried me/One heart broke, four hands bloody.”

“enough for you”

“You found someonе more exciting/The nеxt second, you were gone/And you left me there cryin’, wonderin’ what I did wrong/And you always say I’m never satisfied/But I don’t think that’s true/’Cause all I ever wanted was to be enough for you.”

These lyrics hurt us but we keep going back for more. SOUR has no bad songs!

Do you think Olivia Rodrigo is shading Joshua Bassett throughout SOUR? What’s your favorite song from her debut album? Let us know in the comments!

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