Since the release of her 2021 song “Driver’s License,” there’s been a lot of interest in Olivia Rodrigo’s boyfriend and who she’s dating. Rodrigo made her Hollywood debut as a leading lady on Disney+ in 2019 High School Musical: The Musical: The Seriesbut it wasn’t until the release of “Driver’s License,” a breakup ballad believed to be about her co-star Joshua Bassett and her debut album. Angrythat she became the superstar we know today.
In an interview with The Guardian in May 2021, Rodrigo explained why most of her songs are about love. “I’m a young girl, I write about things that I feel very intensely – and I feel heartbreak and longing very intensely – and I think that’s authentic and natural. I don’t really understand what people want me to write about; Should I write a song about income taxes? How am I supposed to write an emotional song about that?” she said.
Rodrigo argued why she thinks her music resonates so well with listeners because she sings about emotions that aren’t often talked about. “Something that I’m really proud of is that this record talks about emotions that are difficult to talk about or that aren’t really socially acceptable, especially for girls: anger, jealousy, hatred, sadness, they’re frowned upon as bitchy and moaning and complain or whatever. But I think those are such valid emotions,” she said.
So… who is Olivia Rodrigo’s boyfriend and is she dating anyone now? Read on to find out what we know about Rodrigo’s past relationships.
Adam Faze (2021 – 2022)
New broke off Rodrigo’s relationship with film producer Adam Faze in June 2021. E! News reported at the time that Rodrigo Faze invited her plus-one to the Space Jam 2 premiere at Six Flags America in Valencia, California. The site reported that Rodrigo introduced Faze as “her boyfriend.”
According to a source, Rodrigo and Faze “were together all night”, rode “all the rides” and were spotted “holding hands”. TikTok star Stuart Brazell, who is attending the party, described the couple to E! Messages as “really cut but not too sensitive”. She said: “The two felt comfortable and new together and it seemed like he knew a lot of people there too. It just felt like a cozy, snuggly, new young love.”
Brazil added that Rodrigo, who “seemed to be having a really good time,” met TikTok star Charli D’Amelio at the event. “She smiled a lot and really enjoyed her time with Charli,” she said. “They were just teenagers hanging out at an amusement park on a fun summer night, eating food, riding rides and having a really good time.”
How Rodrigo and Faze Know Each Other, E! The news source said the two “met through friends in the industry” a few months before their June 2021 date. “It’s only been a few months but she seems really happy with him and they’re definitely exclusive and getting serious,” the insider said. Rodrigo and Faze split in February 2022 after less than a year of dating. “They’ve been over for a while now,” a source told People at the time.
Joshua Bassett (2020)
Rodrigo and Bassett starred as Love Interests, Nini Salazar-Roberts and Ricky Bowen, in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Though they never confirmed their relationship at the time, fans believe the two secretly dated in 2020 and that Bassett split from Rodrigo to date Disney Channel star Sabrina Carpenter. Rodrigo’s debut single “Driver’s License” is believed to be about her breakup with Bassett.
“You’re probably dating that blonde girl / That always made me doubt that she’s so much older than me / She’s all I’m insecure about,” Rodrigo sings in lyrics that presumably refer to Carpenter. Fans also believe that “Driver’s License” is about Bassett because Bassett taught Rodrigo how to drive.
After the release of “Driver’s License,” Bassett released his own song entitled “Lie, Lie, Lie,” which fans assumed was about Rodrigo. Carpenter also released her own song called “Skin” at the time, which fans also assumed was about Rodrigo. Though Rodrigo never confirmed who “Driver’s License” was about, she told Billboard at the time that she “understands” the curiosity about who inspired the single’s lyrics.
“I totally understand people’s curiosity about the specifics of who and what the song is about, but to me that’s really the least important part of the song,” she said. “It resonates with people because it’s so emotional, and I think everything else doesn’t matter.”
In a June 2021 interview with GQ, Bassett responded to rumors that he inspired Driver’s License and Rodrigo’s debut albumAngry. “People don’t know what they’re talking about,” he said. He added that “the hardest thing” about the experience was “biting your tongue in a lot of ways, but the reality is it’s like a lost case trying to talk about all these things, and I refuse to get sucked into any bullshit, so I just don’t.
He continued, “[Everyone] asks me about Sabrina and Olivia. Why don’t we focus on these women for what they are? Let’s focus on the art they make and how amazing they are rather than their relationship with a boy.”
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