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Joshua Bassett spoke his truth and closed the "drivers license" love triangle for good

Ever since Olivia Rodrigo's hit single "driver's license" was released, fans have been speculating about a possible love triangle between Olivia's HSMTMTS co-star Joshua Bassett and ex-Disney star Sabrina Carpenter. All three artists have released songs that seemed to be low-key addressing each other. (We broke down all the tea on Olivia's song and Sabrina Carpenter's song "Skin" earlier in the year.)

While both women seemed to work out their "beef" with each other and fans went to Twitter to give support to *both* Olivia and Sabrina, Joshua Bassett was still receiving the majority of the internet hate surrounding the supposed love triangle. The Disney star fell off our radar for a little bit, until his compliment of Harry Styles became a coming-out video that sent him right back to the trending page of Twitter. 

This short clip opened the door to a discussion of sexuality and discovering who you are. Joshua made a statement saying "Love who you love shamelessly. It’s ok to still be figuring out who you are. Life’s too short to let ignorance and hatred win. I choose love." We couldn't agree more with this message of support, love and growth. 

In his interview with GQ, Joshua touched on his coming-out video, saying, "Why bother rushing to a conclusion? I’m happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because they embrace all. Don’t let anyone tell you love isn’t love. They’re the ones who probably need it the most." We're happy to see Joshua living his truth and inspiring young children around the world to follow in his footsteps of self-love and pride. 

Joshua also recently posted a song on Instagram where he sang about how he's been told all his life that "boys don't cry". He followed it up with a discussion of toxic masculinity and how the suppression of emotions in men is extremely damaging. When just earlier in the year Joshua was receiving hateful messages from fans of Olivia Rodrigo or Sabrina Carpenter, painting him as the unfeeling bad guy, Joshua's acknowledgment of the dangers of suppressing his sensitive side and sharing his struggles were an important insight into how harmful toxic masculinity is. We were so proud to see Joshua begin to open up about sensitive topics that are often kept under wraps. #cryingiscool

Regarding the hottest love triangle since Twilight, Joshua says that he prefers to stay out of the rumors surrounding who may or may not have dated. "Why don't we focus on these women for who they are? Let's focus on the art that they're making and how great they are instead of their relationship to a boy." Joshua told GQ. We couldn't agree more. Each one of the three artists is unique and talented—whether they're romantically involved with anyone or not. 

Although social media is pretty convinced that Olivia Rodrigo's song "drivers license" was about Joshua Bassett breaking her heart, when the hit single dropped, Joshua himself was simply focusing on recovering from some serious health issues. Regarding our breakup album of the year, Sour, Joshua compliments it, saying, "She was able to articulate the feelings that she felt in a way that works on behalf of other people." We're relieved to hear that the co-stars seem to be on good terms and are both living their own truths. 

Joshua also alluded in his GQ article to hypothetical work different from the singles he's released that will go deeper into his more "intimate feelings." We can't wait to hear what he's working on, but we're willing to wait as long as it takes for the HSMTMTS star to be ready to share. 

Joshua ended his interview with GQ by saying that he's "growing so much" and we couldn't agree more. We've loved watching his character Ricky grow into himself more each episode and we can't wait to see where Joshua himself goes from here. 

We're *so* proud of Joshua Bassett for coming out as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Check out our tips on how to be a good ally!

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by Abigail Adams | 6/28/2021
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