As his music profession heats up with a brand new EP, Joshua Bassett has already emerged as probably the most well-known ex-boyfriend of 2021.
The “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” actor is reportedly the topic of his co-star and ex-girlfriend Olivia Rodrigo’s hit music “Drivers License.” Rodrigo sings about making an attempt to recover from an ex, and that the man has moved on with a “blond girl,” whose followers are satisfied is one other Disney star, Sabrina Carpenter.
And then Rodrigo’s smash single and the drama surrounding it grew to become the topic of a “Saturday Night Live” skit final month — that includes a bunch of pool-playing dudes analyzing the breakup ballad in a bar. In it, “SNL’s” Mikey Day quips, “My bitch ex Gina is Joshua Bassett.”
“That really is an honor to be made fun of by ‘SNL’ — are you kidding?” Bassett, 20, advised The Post. “It was actually really cool. I wasn’t upset about it. I was like, ‘This is kind of insane.’ It was really just crazy.”
Now, Bassett is having the final chortle with an even bigger highlight on his self-titled debut EP, out Friday. The six-song set is primarily written and co-produced by the singer and multi-instrumentalist.
And these followers who’ve speculated about Bassett’s position in “Drivers License” could be thrilled to be taught that one of many songs on the EP, the romantically titled “Heaven Is You,” was co-written by that potential present girlfriend Carpenter.
All relationships buzz apart, Bassett’s sound conjures up shades of Shawn Mendes and a junior Ed Sheeran.
“I was fortunate enough to work with one of Ed Sheeran’s producers, Jake Gosling,” mentioned Bassett. “He was able to see the Ed Sheeran influence in me and pull that out. One of the first things that I learned how to play on guitar was ‘Little Bird’ by Ed Sheeran.”
Growing up in San Diego, Bassett began enjoying the drums in church at age 7 — alongside his dad on piano — earlier than educating himself to find out how to play the guitar.
“When I was 14, I was grounded for a month,” he mentioned. “At the beginning of the month, I convinced my mom somehow to let me get, like, a $100 guitar. So I literally every single day learned how to play guitar. By the end of that month, I was actually able to play kind of whatever I wanted.”
Bassett additionally taught himself find out how to play the piano and picked up the ukulele — after inheriting one from his late grandfather — the bass and “a little bit of saxophone.”
“I just love hopping around on different instruments,” he mentioned. “I can’t play violin yet, though. That’s really the dream.”
His one-man-band expertise got here helpful when recording his EP throughout the pandemic final summer season.
“A lot of it was [done] on Zoom, so that was a challenge,” mentioned Bassett. “It kind of forced me to bring a lot to the table. I couldn’t really rely on anyone else in the room. When it’s just you on Zoom with a producer, sometimes you’re like, ‘OK, I gotta do it all.’ ”
Bassett’s musicianship is showcased within the Disney+ “High School Musical” sequence — as is his artistic partnership with Rodrigo. “I and Olivia were able to actually write a song in Season 1,” he mentioned.
Bassett additionally says he knew Rodrigo’s “Driver License” was going to be “massive” the primary time that he heard it.
“Obviously I’m a huge fan of Olivia, and so when I heard it I was like, ‘Wow, this is good,’” he mentioned. “I was like, ‘This is gonna be insane.’ And I was absolutely right.”
As for all of the rumors that the music is about him — and his reported romance with Carpenter — Bassett demurs.
“Everyone thinks different things. There are all these different theories,” he mentioned. “It’s actually pretty funny to me to watch the places people will go, the assumptions that they’ll make. I’m like, ‘You guys really don’t know what you’re talking about.’ ”