If you’ve been surfing the internet for even a second in early 2021, chances are you’ve heard something about Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter’s alleged love triangle that happened. basically played via song lyrics. Now, over a year later, Sabrina is opening up with her version of the story on her fifth studio album eemails that I cannot send.
Before we dive into Sabrina’s ~exciting~ new album, here’s a quick refresher on the whole dram. In 2020, Joshua reportedly ended a relationship with Olivia and then started seeing Sabrina right after. In 2021, Olivia went on to write several hit songs, seemingly about her experience — and fans went *wild*. Basically, everyone thought Olivia wrote “driver’s license” about Joshua, with lyrics like “And you’re probably with that blonde girl / who always made me doubt”, pointing to her new relationship with Sabrina.
Olivia reiterated several times in both Variety and his Disney+ movie Olivia Rodrigo: drive home 2 u that none of her songs were ever meant to tear down other women, but the internet was quick to paint Sabrina as a “bad guy,” with SNL even doing a skit publicizing the situation.
Eventually, Sabrina released a song called “Skin” which many people thought was a diss track about Olivia and people trying to “get under” her skin. However, Sabrina was quick to refute these claims, saying that “the song doesn’t call out just one person” and that while “some lines deal with a specific situation, others” deal with many other experiences that I have. experienced last year. .”
In an interview with rolling stoneSabrina revisited the subject of the viral love triangle and her reaction to it.
“I’m fully aware that even if you try to break it down, really really break it down for people, they still might not understand,” she says, “I’m not exactly in that place anymore.”
“People can say what they want, but I was lucky enough to be able to verbalize an experience that some people had,” she adds. “I hope it helped them go through their experience with a little more strength and understanding. If I can do that, then I have no regrets.
A song from her new album really seems to convey how she felt during the love triangle drama and how it affected her.
Titled “because I loved a boy”, the track begins with Sabrina possibly opening up on time with Joshua, with her singing: “You showed up with a boombox / And stars in your eyes / Who knew cuddling on trampolines / Could be so reckless? / We bonded around the Black Eyed Peas / And complicated exes / We fell so deep into it / It was all so innocent.”
Sabrina then cuts to the audience’s perception of her singing “Now I’m a tow truck, I’m a bitch / Got death threats for filling up semis” and “I’m a hot topic on your tongue / I’m a rebound stealing young / Tell me who I am, I guess I got no choice / All because I loved a boy.”
In the bridge, Sabrina gives a nugget of advice, saying “Dating boys with exes / No, I wouldn’t recommend it.” For the final chorus, she sings: “And all that for what? / When it all fell apart, we had already broken up / Please tell me who I am, I guess I have no choice / All because I loved a boy.”
Sharing more about this new track, Sabrina said rolling stone, “It was very therapeutic to write this song looking back and being like, ‘Wow, one thing leads to another and things can really get out of hand’. Just being able to own it at the end of the day, and don’t let it determine who you are.”
She added, “So many people have probably had to deal with being labeled something they’re not. It’s frustrating because you want to do something about it. But if you do something something, people are crazy; if you don’t do something, people are crazy.”
As for where she looked for inspiration while writing this song, Sabrina said, “One of my favorite movies is Easy, and I kind of imagined the character of Emma Stone because she was labeled as something. It’s a strangely stimulating movie in a way. She uses humor to deflect her pain and what she’s going through and I do too.”
A breaking anthem inspired by the 2010 masterpiece Easy? We’re already *obsessed*, and the album just came out of. I love it, Sabrina!
Abby is an editorial assistant at Seventeen, covering pop culture, beauty, life and health. When she’s not busy watching the latest true-crime docu-series, you can find her strolling through Sephora, finding the perfect dress, or jogging with her pup.