It’s all a bit confusing, and it’s all speculation, though Billboard is here to break down what fans think “Driver License” is about and why. Tighten up and see below.
Who is involved?
Rodrigo, 17, played with 20-year-old Joshua Bassett at Disney +’s High School Musical: Musical: The Series, and the two are rumored to be together in real life.
In August 2020, Bassett was eaten for lunch with 21-year-old Sabrina Carpenter, a singer who rose to fame from her role as Maya on Disney Channel’s Girl meets the world. Sabrina̵
On Halloween 2020, Bassett and Carpenter dressed up as Shark Boy and Lava Girl and made a TikTok about it, proving that they are at least friends and triggered few rumors (though they have never confirmed).
Lyrical references to the situation?
TikTok user Kaiya Olsen broke down the subtleties of “Drivers License” after the release, first referring to the lyrics, “And you’re probably with the blonde girl / Who always made me doubt / She’s so much older than me / She’s everything I’m unsure of. “
Sabrina is 21 (four years older than Rodrigo) and blonde.
In an earlier version of the song, which Rodrigo posted on Instagram in July 2020, the lyrics refer to a “brunette” girl. Fans began to wonder if the change had anything to do with Bassett spending time with Carpenter.
Olsen then went on to the opening text: “I got my driver’s license last week / Like we always talked about.”
In a refreshed social media video from LeBlanc Updates on YouTube, Rodrigo reminded them to practice driving in Bassett’s car before she got her driver’s license and the moment after the duo found out that the song they were writing was “Just for a Moment” would be used in High School Musical: Musical: The Series. “We were celebrating and we were going to In-N-Out and I could not actually drive. I was 16 but I did not have my permit,” she said. “And then he took me in his car, and we drove around the In-N-Out parking lot, and that was my first time driving.”
Finally, the choir’s heartbreaking line, “Guess You Didn’t Mean What You Wrote in That Song About Me,” had internet sleuths looking for references to Rodrigo in Bassett’s previously released songs.
In July, Bassett released a sweet love song called “Everybody Else”, which contains the lyrics “How should I think about something else? / How should I continue to keep this to myself? / I’m done pretending I want someone others.” Fans immediately thought of Rodrigo.
Again, nothing is confirmed about 2021’s love triangle, so we’ll have to wait and see if Rodrigo, Bassett or Carpenter say anything about the speculation.