Did Joshua Bassett Just Shade Olivia Rodrigo?

On December 3, Joshua Bassett released an EP titled after his songs — “Crisis,” “Secret” and “Set Me Free.” Per BuzzFeed News, each track details the end of a relationship and the heartbreak that comes with the experiences, with several references to Olivia Rodrigo’s album tracks. In “Crisis,” the “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” star references someone “messing” with his life “as a career move,” per Genius. “If you get to tell your truth then so do I,” the singer croons over a guitar in the chorus. “Half the s**t you’re saying is only half true, messing with my life as a career move.”

However, Bassett’s pointed references didn’t just stop with “Crisis.” In “Secret,” Bassett directly quoted the lyrics of Rodrigo’s hit “Good 4 U,” singing, “I rеally hope you had your fun, good for you foolin’ everyone.” Later in the song, Bassett seemingly accuses Rodrigo of manipulating “the truth” to make people empathize with her. “When your ‘Woe is me’ stops workin’ / I bet your songs won’t sound the same,” he sings. Bassett finally turns the page on the last song and admits that he’s working on himself after a “f***king year.”

In an interview with GQ, Bassett said that the songs were written six months ago as a way to “speak up for myself.” “I’m not here to expose people. It was eating me alive, and I couldn’t keep it in anymore,” he added.

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