Olivia Rodrigo Fans Think Her ‘Traitor’ Lyrics Call Out Joshua Bassett For Allegedly Betraying Her

Olivia Rodrigo Fans Think Her ‘Traitor’ Lyrics Call Out Joshua Bassett For Allegedly Betraying Her







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Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album is here, and fans are convinced that one song in particular — ‘traitor’ — is a ‘nudge’ to the rumored love triangle between Olivia, Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter that ‘drivers license’ birthed.

Months after Olivia Rodrigo delivered the first monster hit of 2021 – and after releasing some highly successful follow-ups —  the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star cemented herself as the next big name in music with the release of Sour. The debut album arrived on Friday (May 21), bringing a track that some fans think is essentially “drivers license” 2.0: “traitor.” As the song’s name states, the track is about a past lover who is now a “traitor” for taking only “two weeks” to date someone new.

“You betrayed me / And I know that you’ll never feel sorry / For the way I hurt, yeah / You talked to her when we were together / Loved you at your worst but that didn’t matter / It took you two weeks to go off and date her / Guess you didn’t cheat, but you’re still a traitor,” Olivia sings in one verse. Given the emotionally-charged lyrics — and reference to a past lover and third person — fans couldn’t help but think of the rumored love triangle between Olivia, her High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star Joshua Bassett and fellow Disney star Sabrina Carpenter that “drivers license” turned into one of the biggest conspiracy theories of 2021.

Olivia's Traitor really felt like a nudge to the Joshua & Sabrina drama 👀👀 #SOUROlivia

— Ian Sta Maria (@ianstamaria) May 20, 2021

We must clarify, however, that it has never been confirmed if Olivia and Joshua actually dated. We must also point out that Olivia has dated her Bizaardvark co-star, Ethan Wacker (so, he could be a possible muse too). Regardless, after listening to someone break Olivia’s heart yet again on “traitor,” fans couldn’t help but think of her speculated romance with Joshua. Even the go-to website for lyric deciphering, Genius, said that “traitor” is “a song possibly about Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter’s suspected relationship, and how Bassett is a ‘traitor’ to Olivia by moving on too fast from her.”

SHE CAME FOR JOSHUA IN TRAITOR GO OFF SIS

— steph 🙂 (@foxybreadkick) May 21, 2021

“If someone treated me like joshua bassett treated olivia rodrigo in the song traitor i’d be absolutely broken. god i love her album already EEEK,” one fan tweeted, while another wrote, “Omg Joshua Bassett is shaking in his boots and I’m only on traitor!!! @Olivia_Rodrigo is a lyrical genius!” Another fan teased, “joshua bassett gonna post the lyrics to traitor tomorrow like “this was my favorite on the album 🙂 so proud of you liv x.” 

omg listening to traitor joshua bassett really broke her heart

— 💋💋💋 (@hariborry) May 21, 2021

Not everyone jumped to conclusions, though. “I really wanna know who broke her heart bc there’s no way that one man joshua did all this damage to my girl :(((,” one fan tweeted. Joshua’s name wasn’t just brought up in connection to “traitor,” though. Fans think the Disney star inspired many of the tracks — leading Joshua’s name to become a top trending topic on Twitter within an hour of Sour‘s release. More important than hypothetical relationship drama, though, was Olivia’s new music, which left fans in awe as they devoured other new tracks like “brutal” (which emerged as the fan-favorite) and “enough for you.”

olivia rodrigo after seeing joshua bassett move on with sabrina carpenter #SOUR #SOUROlivia pic.twitter.com/Rh15mIAImR

— kayla (taylor’s version) (@kayla__dunne) May 21, 2021

It’s been a wild five months for Olivia. She’s turned 18. She released a juggernaut of a song, one that was a subject of a Saturday Night Live skit (months before she made her SNL debut). Olivia performed at the 2021 BRIT Awards in London, where she was finally able to meet her favorite songwriter, Taylor Swift., On top of all that, she just dropped her debut album. Not bad for someone who is old enough to drive but still isn’t old enough to drink.

Ahead of Sour’s release, there was a little bit of viral chatter over a possible collaboration on the album. Olivia shared the songwriting and production credits, and fans noted that her song, “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back,” credited Taylor Swift and her longtime music partner, Jack Antonoff. While some wondered if this was a collab – the “1” and the “3” in the title was thought to be a subtle nod to “13,” Taylor’s favorite number – Rolling Stone reported that the track was an “interpolations” of Swift’s “New Year’s Day.” Olivia said she was inspired by “Cruel Summer” when writing the bridge for “Deja Vu,” so this isn’t that surprising.

Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. [Shutterstock]Neither is Olivia’s success. It’s been five years since she was first introduced to the world as Paige Olvera on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark, and two years after she landed the role of Nini Salazar-Roberts on Disney+’s High School Musical off-shoot. “I’ve always been on [TV] shows, doing something in the public eye,” she told Nylon magazine ahead of her album’s release, “but it’s really awesome, now, to be recognized for my music, something so much more indicative of who I really am as a person.” While Olivia’s initial brushes with fame came by playing other people, her music, and its success, has left her feeling “a lot more seen.”

Olivia Rodrigo at the 2021 BRIT Awards (Shutterstock)

“I feel really understood when people come up to me, and they’re like, “Oh, I love your song” because it’s an extension of my heart. It means so much more,” she added. During the chat, Olivia touched upon one of the viral elements of “Drivers License,” specifically the aforementioned rumored love triangle involving her, her HSM co-star Joshua and Sabrina. “I’m a super specific songwriter,” she said, citing how “broad storytelling just isn’t fun in art medium,” But, she said she’s also “gone back and made revisions to make it a little less specific because sometimes” because she feels that gossip and “drama” diminishes the song. Suddenly, people are talking about the real-world gossip behind the track and not the actual songwriting.

“I don’t take it personally, really. I understand. I completely understand. And you know, lots of times, it isn’t malicious,” Olivia said of gossip. “Most of the time, I guess. It’s none of my business. I write my songs, and people can say whatever they want to say about it. [They can] think whatever they want to think about my life, and that’s just part of it. It doesn’t really bother me. I also try to stay off of social media and not look at that stuff.”

“Drivers License” was released on Jan. 8, 2021, reaching no. 1 on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music chars. The song broke Spotify’s streaming records and debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It spent eight consecutive weeks. “Deja Vu,” the second single from Sour, didn’t replicate the success of “Drivers License,” but its debut at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 was still impressive. “good 4 u,” the third single, continued both Olivia’s momentum and the pop-punk revival.

Why Joshua Bassett’s Fans Suspect ‘Only A Matter Of Time’ Is A Message For Olivia Rodrigo — See Tweets

Why Joshua Bassett’s Fans Suspect ‘Only A Matter Of Time’ Is A Message For Olivia Rodrigo — See Tweets







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With lyrics like ‘you’ve been lying on my name,’ fans believe Joshua Bassett’s emotional ballad ‘Only a Matter of Time’ was inspired by drama involving his ‘HSMTMTS’ co-star, Olivia Rodrigo.

“Look me in the eyes, tell me you’re not lying to me,” Joshua Bassett sings at the start of his new song, “Only a Matter of Time.” Thanks to these emotionally laden lyrics and more, fans now believe the song is a response to his High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star, Olivia Rodrigo. The Disney star dropped the track on Jan. 28, three weeks after Olivia released her breakup ballad “Driver’s License,” which fans have speculated is about an alleged love triangle between Olivia, 17, Joshua, 20, and fellow Disney star Sabrina Carpenter, 21 (no one has ever confirmed that they’ve dated one another, however).

The rest of Joshua’s new song is just as intense. “Time to tell the world that you’ve been lying on my name / Doing what you want and think you’re gonna get away / Well, I’ll leave it up to faith for now,” Joshua sings in the first verse. The chorus gets even more heated: “But it’s only a matter of time / An eye for an eye you’ll go blind / When did you stop being kind? / You twisted your words like a knife / Well I’m sure that your hurting inside / But why would you make your pain minе? / You’re making me pay me for your crimеs / Well darling I’ll be fine.”

Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett play romantic interests in the Disney+ series, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. (Photo Credit: Everett)

While Joshua, Olivia and Sabrina have all gone out of their way to prove that there’s no drama — for example, Joshua recently gave supporting shout-outs to both Olivia and Sabrina’s new music — fans still wondered if his new song was about Olivia. “Listening to Joshua Basset’s new song Only a Matter of Time and it’s literally about Olivia [laughing emoji] What the f-ck am i doing with getting involved with the relationships of people who are years younger than me,” one fan tweeted, and another fan was on the same page: “In other news, Joshua Bassett’s new song is definitely about Olivia Rodrigo??”

In other news, Joshua Bassett's new song is definitely about Olivia Rodrigo??

— 🌸 Issabella 🌸 (@BellaBeanG) January 29, 2021

The speculation continued! “Not joshua bassett’s new song let olivia live in PEACE og my god,” another fan tweeted, believing that “Only a Matter of Time” was inspired by the recent drama. Meanwhile, a different listener wrote, “So far Joshua’s response to Olivia’s track has been an attack on her character and the constant ‘You’re a liar’ on both the tracks he has released. Interesting, although exhausting. Just spit it out and be done with.”

So far Joshua’s response to Olivia’s track has been an attack on her character and the constant ‘You’re a liar’ on both the tracks he has released. Interesting, although exhausting. Just spit it out and be done with.

— Ali Raza (@Ali_R19) January 28, 2021

Despite the many theories, the HSMTMTS star clarified that he wrote “Only a Matter of Time” long BEFORE the drama over “Driver’s License.” In an Instagram Story post after the new song’s release, Joshua wrote, “I wrote this song in the summer of 2020 in a moment in time where social media was bringing a lot of darkness to my life. It was healing to put my phone down, turn off the noise and just write. There’s good that comes from social media, but it’s also become a place where people can say anything about anyone, no matter how false or damaging with no accountability. We’ve gotta be much kinder to each other and recognize there are real people behind the screens!”

both of the songs joshua basset recently released were written way before all of this olivia-josh-sabrina drama came out so please no drama about this and enjoy the song

ONLY A MATTER OF TIME OUT NOW pic.twitter.com/wGce4EhewY

— bia 📖: hp⁴ (@avengerstini) January 28, 2021

This also echoed a similar statement that Joshua put out after the release of his other recent single, “Lie Lie Lie.” Like “Only a Matter of Time,” fans wondered if the track was about the drama regarding Olivia, thanks to some very blunt lyrics. However, Joshua clarified in an Instagram Story post earlier this month, “I wrote ‘Lie, Lie, Lie’ after I found out a friend had been lying about me behind my back for a long time. It always sucks to hear that someone you thought you could trust would throw you under the bus when it benefits them. It happens to all of us, and I think all you can do is seek out people that build you up rather than tear you down.”

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Joshua’s not the only person who’s had to do some clarifying about his songs’ question-raising lyrics! Like Joshua, fans believed that Sabrina had also supposedly clapped back at Olivia with a song of her own, called “Skin,” on Jan. 22. Although fans thought Sabrina had called out Olivia over her “that blonde girl” lyric in “Driver’s License,” Sabrina set the record straight.

“I wasn’t bothered by a few lines in a (magnificent) song and wrote a diss track about it,” the Girl Meets World alum wrote in the Instagram post above, adding, “The song isn’t calling out one single person. Some lines address a specific situation, while other lines address plenty of other experiences I’ve had this past year. It also shows that many things have actually gotten under my skin.. and I’m still learning to not give other people so much power over my feelings.”

Joshua Bassett Shows Love To Sabrina Carpenter After Dropping New Song: It’s ’Stuck In My Head’

Joshua Bassett Shows Love To Sabrina Carpenter After Dropping New Song: It’s ’Stuck In My Head’

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Disney star Joshua Bassett has reacted to Sabrina Carpenter’s new song ‘Skin’, which fans believe is a response to Olivia Rodrigo’s hit ‘Drivers License’.

If you’ve been on the internet over the past week, you’ve probably heard something about a rumored love triangle between three young Disney stars. Olivia Rodrigo, 17, first dropped her record-breaking hit, “Drivers License”, then Sabrina Carpenter, 21, issued, what many fans believe is, her response with a new song, “Skin”. Now, Joshua Bassett, 20, who rounds out the rumored love triangle, has reacted to Sabrina’s January 22 track, writing on his Instagram Story, “been stuck in my head since i heard it!!! congratulations [Sabrina Carpenter] on ‘Skin’, the new label, & all that’s to come!!!”

Joshua Bassett shows love for Sabrina Carpenter's new song "Skin":

“been stuck in my head since i heard it!!!" pic.twitter.com/WGjztemqA9

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 22, 2021

While Sabrina never mentioned anyone by name in the new track, fans naturally interpreted the song as a direct response to the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star’s song “Driver’s License”. The breakup ballad was seemingly inspired by her co-star Josh, and his rumored romance with 21-year-old Sabrina. In the track, which debuted number one on the Billboard Hot 100, earned 76.1 million U.S. streams in one week, and went viral on TikTok, Olivia sings about a “blonde girl” who is “so much older” than her.

In Sabrina’s “Skin”, she sings, “Maybe we could’ve been friends if I met you in another life / Maybe we could pretend there’s no gravity in the words we write / Maybe you didn’t mean it / Maybe blonde was the only rhyme.” Fans quickly noticed those weren’t the only seemingly pointed lyrics in the song. In the chorus, Sabrina then sang about a mysterious “he”, and a scorned third person. “You can try to get under my, under my, under my skin / While he’s on mine / Yeah all on my, all on my, all on my skin / I wish you knew that even you can’t get under my skin / If I don’t let you in.”

Josh has reacted to Sabrina’s new song. Image: Mega

Meanwhile, “Drivers License” has shattered Drake‘s streaming record for “God’s Plan”, becoming a Gen Z anthem and the first big hit of 2021. Olivia recently spoke to Billboard about the lyrical content of her massive hit. “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 explained. “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. I feel grateful that I got to do that.”

Thumbs – Sabrina Carpenter lyrics

Lyrics Sabrina Carpenter – Thumbs

Somewhere in the world, there is a father and a mother
And the father is a son, who has a mother
The mother has a daughter, who gets married to the brother of a mother
And they all just tryna multiply with one another.(thumbs)

‘Cause that’s just the way of the world
It never ends ’til the end, then you start again
That’s just the way of the world
That’s just the way of the world.

Somewhere in the world, they think they’re working for themselves
They get up everyday to go to work for someone else
And somebody works for them, and so, they think they got it made
But they’re all just working to get paid the very same.

And so, they keep on twiddlin’ them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-duuum
They gonna keep on twiddlin’ them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum-duuum
And so, they keep on twiddlin’ them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum (skiddly-dee-dat-dum)
They gonna keep on twiddlin’ them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum-duuum.

Somewhere in the world, you got a robber and a bank
And the bank robbed the people, so the people rob the bank
And the police came to get him, but they let him get away
‘Cause they’re all just workin’ to get paid the very same.

‘Cause that’s just the way of the world
It never ends ’til the end, then you start again
That’s just the way of the world
That’s just the way of the world.

And so, they keep on twiddlin’ them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum
They gonna keep on twiddlin’ them thuuumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum-dum
And so, they keep on twiddlin’ them thuuumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum (skiddly-dee-dat-dum)
They gonna keep on twiddlin’ them thuuumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum-dummm.

Don’t believe everything that you hear
Let it go through your left and right ear
Don’t just march to the beat of that drum
Don’t be one of them people just twiddlin’ them thuuumbs.

‘Cause that’s just the way of the world (way of the world)
It never ends ’til the end, then you start again (start again)
That’s just the way of the world
That’s just the way of the world.

And so, they keep on twiddlin’ them thuuumbs (keep on)
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum (skiddly-dee-dat-dum)
They gonna keep on twiddlin’ them thuuumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum-dum (Woo-oo, woo-oo)
And so, they keep on twiddlin’ them thuuumbs (keep on, keep on)
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum (skiddly-dee-dat-dum)
They gonna keep on twiddlin’ them thuuumbs (la-a-a-a-aaaa)
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum-dum
(Siddly-dee-dat-dat-dat-de-dat-dum-dum).

And so, they keep on twiddlin’ them thumbs (keep on, keep on)
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum
They keep on, they keep on
They gonna keep on twiddlin’ them thumbs
Skiddly-dee-dat-dum-dum
‘Cause that’s just the way of the worlddd.
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