Sabrina Carpenter Reveals If 'Skin' Is Response to Olivia Rodrigo Lyric


Sabrina Carpenter turned to music when she felt like everything had turned on her. The songstress shared with Ryan Seacrest via Zoom on Thursday, February 4, writing track "Skin" was a healing process amid all the drama surrounding Olivia Rodrigo’s breakup track “Drivers License.”

In case you missed it, fans are convinced the lyric in Rodrigo’s track in which she describes “a blonde girl who’s so much older” is about Carpenter, who is reportedly dating Rodrigo's ex and fellow The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series costar Joshua Bassett.

So, Seacrest asked, is it?

“It’s also just not my place to say,” Sabrina said. “I think a lot of people were sort of pointing fingers and at the end of the day, I was dealing with what I was dealing with internally and the only way I ever know how to deal with things is to write about it,” she explained. “I literally write about getting sued, so I don’t know why it came as such a shock to people, but it definitely was something, in this day and age and with what everyone’s going through in life right now, I’ve dealt with his experience over and over and over again of people trying to get to me and me allowing myself to let them get to me. … Genuinely," Sabrina continued. "Things do get under my skin. Things have. And that’s why I felt the need to write the song.”

Sabrina confirmed she wrote the track recently, revealing she was in the studio just weeks ago.

Credit: OAWRS Zoom

Credit: OAWRS Zoom

“I really was just there that day in the moment and I was like everything is crazy surrounding me right now. It feels chaotic and I was like all I can do is write,” she recalled. “I couldn’t force myself to write about something else. I couldn’t force myself to write a song that didn’t make sense or and didn’t align with how I was feeling so then it just became, ‘Do I put it out?’ … I guess it's good that I was a little nervous. … I’d rather that than have something I don’t connect to.”

In fact, Sabrina added, penning the track helped her “heal” and “move on.”

“When you add on to the stresses of how we already feel about our personal lives and then give everyone else in the world an opinion, like, it was just something that I wasn’t sure how to deal with even though I’ve dealt with it in different ways,” she concluded. “… The truth is when I didn’t say anything people were still mad.”

Watch back the full interview for more from Sabrina and to find out what’s next for the songstress. Stream "Skin" via iHeartRadio here.