Sabrina Carpenter dropped a new song this week and fans think it’s a response to Olivia Rodrigo’s smash hit “drivers license.”
After the “Girl Meets World” star released “skin” at midnight on Friday, fans immediately began unpacking the song’s lyrics.
Earlier this month, 17-year-old Rodrigo released her melancholy song about getting her driver’s license in the wake of a breakup. The song is rumored to be about her former “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” co-star Joshua Bassett, whom she apparently dated. “Drivers license” makes reference to “that blonde girl / Who always made me doubt / She’s so much older than me” which many think is about Carpenter, a 21-year-old blonde who is reportedly now involved with Bassett.
In her own song, “Skin,” Carpenter sings, “Don’t drive yourself insane / It won’t always be this way” in one line and in another she says, “Maybe you didn’t mean it / Maybe blonde was the only rhyme.”
“You can try to get under my, under my, under my skin while he’s on mine,” she sings. “I wish you knew that even you can’t get under my skin if I don’t let you in.”
Carpenter’s single comes on the heels of Bassett dropping his own song, “Lie Lie Lie,” less than a week after Rodrigo released “drivers license.” In that song, Bassett accuses a previous lover of “lyin’ through your teeth” while “actin’ all so innocent.”
“So you tellin’ them it’s all my fault / Yeah, I’m the victim this time,” he sings, while also declaring that he’s “had enough of it this time” and “I kiss your ass goodbye.”
Listeners quickly turned to Twitter to unpack the drama of this ongoing musical love triangle.
"maybe blonde was the only rhyme"
"you can try to get under my skin while he's on mine"
"don't DRIVE yourself insane"
I KNOW SABRINA CARPENTER DID NOT JUST - pic.twitter.com/06T6u9N3RH
— katie ✰ (@katienicks_) January 22, 2021
SABRINA CARPENTER AND OLIVIA RODRIGO NEED TO STOP SPILLING THIS TEA THROUGH SONGS PLEASE pic.twitter.com/rwsS07JyHY
— Sim (@quirkygirl04) January 22, 2021
right. sabrina carpenter and olivia aren’t “fighting” over joshua at all. skin is directed towards the hate that she got thrown at by the internet and judging her without even knowing her. you can tell by the lyric “i just hope that one day, we both can laugh about it” - she’s ⬇️
— chlo ✿ 💞STREAM SKIN💞 (@prfctpippa) January 22, 2021
Me rn after finding out Sabrina Carpenter, a literal 21 year old woman has come after a TEENAGER after Olivia released a song saying she was perfect and she was jealous of her!?? pic.twitter.com/ysBQhifEkM
— Lily Hamilton (@lilyhamilton_9) January 22, 2021
breakdown of the misinterpreted lines in “skin” by sabrina carpenter. please read!! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Rna0GplnzY
— alysia STREAM SKIN (@jusswannaexhale) January 22, 2021
me looking for where olivia rodrigo said anything mean about sabrina carpenter in DL pic.twitter.com/F73NViI6kU
— malana shettles (@malanashettles) January 22, 2021
olivia rodrigo: she's blonde and pretty and everything im not
sabrina carpenter: pic.twitter.com/pQDYACRe2D
— the music industry (@HtetWai54298932) January 22, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.