Joshua Bassett has released three music videos for his latest EP titled “Crisis / Secret / Set Me Free,” and the songs are pretty intense lyric-wise.
In “Crisis,” Joshua accuses someone—who fans think is clearly his ex Olivia Rodrigo—of making him the bad guy.
“And if you get to tell your truth then so do I / And it’s cool if you want me to play the bad guy / But don’t you dare act like I didn’t love you.”
And then there is this line:
“Half the shit you’re saying’s only half true / Messing with my life as a career move / I can’t help but wonder why you won’t make it end?”
And then this:
“My momma called ‘cause she heard I got death threats / Oh what the hell am I supposed to do with that? / I wish that I could open my eyes and the nightmare be over / But you sensationalize, keep fanning the fire for the headlines.”
His song “Secret,” also has some pretty telling lyrics:
“When woe is me stops working / I bet your songs won’t sound the same / The truth you can’t deny changed everything / You can’t hide behind what’s clear as day.”
And lastly, “Set Me Free” features the following lyrics:
“I’ve been running away, I’ve been facing my fears / Tell my momma I’m okay, while I’m holding back tears / It’s been a fucking year / I’ve been doing my time, I’ve been working on me / Wasn’t sure I’d survive, never felt so weak / And nothing really seemed to help it.”
Olivia Rodrigo, his rumored ex-girlfriend is not mentioned in any of the songs, but come on…
Bassett sent out a text message to fans, acknowledging their support during a challenging year.
“Thank you for seeing me, and each other, as living, breathing, healing and hurting human beings,” he wrote per People. “Due to the nature of pop culture, and the current public perspective, there will be a lot of loud voices in this next chapter—positive, negative and everywhere in between.”
Then, the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star urged fans to remain uplifting and kind, saying he will not tolerate any hate directed his way.
“All I ask is you treat everyone with respect and love,” Joshua wrote. “Anyone who sends hate on my ‘behalf’ is no fan of mine.”