“Messing with my life as a career move”
Joshua Bassett is finally opening up about the dark period in his life.
The 20-year-old released three new singles along with their music videos on Thursday, and it seemingly addressed his relationship with ex and former High School Musical co-star Olivia Rodrigo. Rodrigo had also hinted at him on her debut album Sour.
In his song “Crisis,” Joshua Bassett sang, “never waste a crisis,” and that he’s “in the middle of one.” He also had lyrics like “If you get to tell your truth, then so do I.” He ended it by saying it’s cool if he has to play the bad guy. He sang that half of what was said in her song “Driver’s License” are only half true, and that she messed with his life as a career move.
In his song “Secret,” he was making references to Rodrigo’s song “Good 4 U.” They included, “Good for you foolin’ everyone,” and that she had him tricked for 16 months. In the music video for the song, the girl portraying his love interest wore a red dress, akin to what Rodrigo wore in High School Musical: The Series.
In the final song “Set Me Free,” Joshua Bassett talks about making amends and to be free from all that’s happened. He talks about her feeling used and hurt, and that he takes back all he’s done to make her feel worse.
A rough year
Joshua Bassett has had a hard time following the release of “Driver’s License.” It brought on large numbers of hate messages from Rodrigo’s fans who believed he was the one she was targeting, and it brought in “the worst pain of (his) life.” He was admitted to a hospital with septic shock and heart failure. Doctors revealed that he had a 30% chance of survival. He said he had to brush off all the negative attention because all he could focus on was staying alive.