Bassett recorded "Secret" for his EP Crisis/Secret/Set Me Free
, a trilogy of songs believed to be addressing his High School Musical
co-star and ex-girlfriend Olivia Rodrigo. When the teenage actress blamed him for the split on "Drivers License
," Bassett felt deeply hurt. Here, he responds by portraying himself as the victim after being double crossed by her. Yes, it's possible the singer is alluding to a separate relationship, or even a fictional one, but he seemingly sprinkles several clues it is Rodrigo he is dissing.
Bassett starts of the song by singing:Pulled into your driveway again
We kissed, but it felt different
Is this an allusion to "Drivers License"?
He begins his second verse with: I really hope you had your fun, good for you foolin' everyone
You had me tricked for 16 months
Here, Bassett is possibly referring to Rodrigo's "Good 4 U
" hit single. That song found her singing of an ex moving on with a new girlfriend, leaving Rodrigo heartbroken. Many fans believe the former boyfriend to be Bassett, so is he suggesting her portrayal of him and their relationship is "fooling everyone?"
On the bridge, Bassett says that when the truth comes out, his ex's reputation will take a hit:When "Woe is me" stops working
I bet your songs won't sound the same
Clearly, Bassett is addressing a singer here. This ostensibly fits in with the rumored narrative of Rodrigo of "Drivers License" and "Good 4 U": that she launched her career with songs based on her heartbreak after he moved on too quickly following their breakup.