Olivia Rodrigo released ‘Driver’s License” in January. The song, in which Rodrigo sings about driving past an ex’s house, turned the actress into an instant superstar when it became the most heard tune in the U.S. right away, “Driver’s License” hit No. 1 on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music, and broke the Spotify record for the highest streamed debut single for a female artist. It even debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100.
Initially, the singer didn’t talk about who the song was about but that didn’t refrain her fans from speculating.
The fans assumed the lyrics about her ex dating a “blonde” who was “older” than Rodrigo must be about her rumoured ex Joshua Basset who is rumoured to have a relationship with Sabrina Carpenter.
And for months Olivia Rodrigo kept fans guessing. Now, she addressed the hate Sabrina Carpenter got over “drivers license,” and what she has to say is empowering.
The unbelievable response to the song made fans curious to know on who the song was about. With lines like “that blond girl,” and “she’s so much older than me,” some fans quickly pointed fingers and spewed hate toward Carpenter, who happens to be blonde and older than Rodrigo, and was seen with Basset before the song’s release.
Rodrigo did tell ‘Variety’ about her thoughts on the hate. She said, “I put [the song] out not knowing that it would get that reaction, so it was really strange [when] it did. “I just remember [everyone being] so weird and speculative about stuff they had no idea about. I don’t really subscribe to hating other women because of boys. I think that’s so stupid, and I really resent that narrative that was being tossed around.”