Sabrina Carpenter wants her music to speak for itself! The 21-year-old singer recently released her song “Skin,” which many fans believe points to the ongoing drama between singer Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett.
But when Carpenter appeared in The Late Late Show with James Corden Tuesday night, he refused to address the drama head-on.
Host Corden asked Carpenter to explain the “controversy” surrounding the song and the singer gave her own reasoning behind the lyrics to “Skin.”
“I was really coming from a place when I was 21 years old and I was navigating her feelings and I was going through a lot in my personal life,” shared Carpenter. “The recurring theme was that I was allowing people to get under my skin. So I wrote from that place knowing that there are so many different experiences that will continue to happen to me in my life, where I have to remind myself that people can only get to you if you allow them and give them that access “.
Corden wouldn’t let her get away so easily, joking, “I like that, but I feel like you’ve avoided controversy.”
“No, I haven’t avoided it. I think it’s more the fact that people will always make a narrative about something,” Carpenter replied. “And I think this was a really interesting song for people to misinterpret and turn it into something that it wasn’t really supposed to be in the first place. But I’ve been enjoying making music.”
Carpenter also performed “Skin” on the show, beginning with a piano in an abandoned building before walking as the rain fell on her.
The “controversy” Corden was referring to began with Rodrigo’s chart-topping song “Driver’s License.” Many thought that Rodrigo’s song made a direct reference to his supposed ex Bassett starting a new romance with Carpenter.
The song refers to “that blonde girl” and in Carpenter’s “Skin”, she sings “maybe you didn’t mean it, maybe blonde was the only rhyme.” Fans have also found several other links that imply the intended meanings of both songs.
Carpenter previously told “Skin” fans on Instagram, “This song doesn’t call out to just one person.”
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