Sabrina Carpenter may be under the heat of the spotlight because of the rumored drama with Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett, but she’s been in the spotlight all her life. She can take a little heat.
Way back in 2018, Disney star and musician, Sabrina Carpenter visited Manila for her Almost Love tour. Even amidst a crowd of flashing lights, her flaxen hair stood out and glowed as if coming straight out of a Disney live-action remake of Tangled.
As beautiful as she is kind, she values the reputation her fandom holds. I mentioned that I was talking to her fans prior to meeting her, and the first thing she asked was: “Were they nice?”
Kindness is something that seems to lack at the moment as fans speculated that she was the “blonde girl” Olivia Rodrigo was talking about in the lyrics of her hit song, Drivers License, which debuted number 1 on Billboard Hot 100. Rumored to have dated her High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star, Joshua Bassett, who is now allegedly dating Sabrina.
This week, Sabrina released her single, Skin, and fans are calling it a diss track in response to Drivers License. Today, Sabrina addressed the rumors on Instagram.
“I wasn’t bothered by a few lines in a (magnificent) song and wrote a diss track about it,” she wrote. “People can only get to you if you give them the power to. and a lot of people were trying to get to me. The song isn’t calling out one single person.”
Sabrina added, “Please don’t take this as an opportunity to send more hate anyone’s way.”
Looking back in 2018, I see where her fans get their genuine kindness from. Sabrina Carpenter simply radiates sincerity as soon as she walks into a room. So the interview may have happened three years ago, but luckily, there are some things that don’t change about her. Read on for more of this exclusive conversation:
Kids are looking up to you as they grow up. Have you ever found it difficult to be a role model for the youth since you’re also just a 19-year-old girl, maturing under the spotlight?
I can’t really think of myself as a role model. I just like to think about making the decisions that I, myself, feel good about making. Because if you try to think about everybody else then you end up not making yourself happy.
How do you use your platform to spread positivity and acceptance to the younger generation?
I do think that with everything that I try to do, I put a lot of thought behind it and I try, you know, to make sure that I’m authentic and I’m honest. Because that in itself I think is being what would be close to being a good role model. If they choose to look up to me, then I am honored ’cause they have a lot of choices, so it’s really really kind of them.
Out of all the tracks that you’ve made so far, which song means the most to you?
Ooooh. Probably a song off of my new album, [Singularity.] But if not, actually a song that I love so much and that will probably mean a lot to me in the future—and still now—is Alien which is my collab with Jonas Blue. We wrote that in London and the song just means a lot to me and we’re really happy we got to do it together!
What was the best life advice that was ever given to you?
Oh wow. Life’s too short to not love what you’re doing. Love the people that you’re with and have fun!