Sabrina Carpenter sings about getting ‘death threats’
Sabrina Carpenter sings about receiving "death threats" and is embarrassed by a new song with multiple hints about Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo.
The 23-year-old singer unveiled Friday's "Because I Liked a Boy" as the fifth track from her fifth studio album, "Emails I Can't Send."
The pop ballad appears to be a response to the backlash Carpenter faced after Rodrigo's debut single "Drivers License" became a surprise hit.
"Now I'm a wrecker, I'm a whore / Got death threats filling semi-trucks," Carpenter sang in chorus.
"I'm a hot topic on your tongue / I'm bouncing around, stealing young people." According to reports, Carpenter began dating Bassett shortly after breaking up with Rodrigo in 2020.
Carpenter and Bassett were photographed together in August 2020 and even wore matching Halloween costumes that year, sparking speculation that they might be a couple.
When Rodrigo released "Drivers License" in early 2021, many fans thought it was inspired by Bassett, Rodrigo's on-screen love interest in "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series."
Her jealous lyric about "that blonde girl" ("She's older than me / She's everything I'm not sure about") is widely attributed to Carpenter.