Sabrina Carpenter is setting the record straight.
The 21-year-old singer took to Instagram on Sunday (January 24) to share a statement about her new song “Skin,” saying that she did not write a “diss track” about Olivia Rodrigo and her new song “Driver’s License.”
Here’s some background info: fans came up with the theory that the 17-year-old singer/actress wrote “Driver’s License” about Sabrina and her current boyfriend Joshua Bassett, who is Olivia‘s co-star in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Olivia sings in her song, “and you’re probably with that blonde girl, who always made me doubt.”
When Sabrina released her song “Skin,” many fans believed she was dissing Olivia, specifically with the lyrics, “Maybe then we could pretend / There’s no gravity in the words we write / Maybe you didn’t mean it / Maybe ‘blonde’ was the only rhyme.”
Sabrina is now explaining why she wrote “Skin,” while specifically addressing Olivia‘s song.
Olivia has also weighed in on the fan speculation about “Driver’s License.” You can read what she said here.
Click inside to read Sabrina Carpenter’s message…
“Thank you to everyone who has listened to skin 🤍 especially those who have opened their minds to lyrically what i was trying to get across,” Sabrina started.
“I wasn’t bothered by a few lines in a (magnificent) song and wrote a diss track about it,” she continued. “I was at a tipping point in my life for countless reasons. so i was inspired to do what i usually do to cope, write something that i wish i could have told myself in the past.”
“People can only get to you if you give them the power to. and a lot of people were trying to get to me,” Sabrina wrote. “The song isn’t calling out one single person. some lines address a specific situation, while other lines address plenty of other experiences I’ve had this past year.. it also shows that many things have actually gotten under my skin.. and I’m still learning to not give other people so much power over my feelings. I know a lot of you struggle with the same thing.”
“I don’t want this to become an endless cycle so please don’t take this as an opportunity to send more hate anyone’s way,” Sabrina concluded. “Lots of love to u all. thanks for letting me grow.”