One of the key tenets of “deja vu” involves introducing the woman who took Olivia Rodrigo’s place to Billy Joel. Per Us Weekly, Joshua Bassett covered the beloved singer-songwriter’s hit track “Vienna” in 2019. In “deja vu,” his rumored ex sings, “And I bet that she knows Billy Joel / ‘Cause you played her ‘Uptown Girl’.” Rodrigo later notes, “I was the one who taught you Billy Joel.” For the song to be about Bassett, and by extension his new relationship with Sabrina Carpenter, the implication is that he introduced her to Joel.
However, as a TikTok video clarifies, Carpenter discussed the “Uptown Girl” hit-maker during an early appearance on Jimmy Fallon. In the short clip, Carpenter admitted to being hesitant to cover his song because, as she acknowledged, “I am not Billy Joel.” It seems, then, that Bassett didn’t introduce her to Joel. It’s also worth noting that, during a chat with Billboard, Rodrigo argued, “I totally understand people’s curiosity with the specifics of who the song’s about and what it’s about, but to me, that’s really the least important part of the song.”
Carpenter, meanwhile, downplayed the lyrics in her song “Skin,” which was widely believed to be a response to “drivers license,” to Teen Vogue. Of those looking to figure out exactly whom she’s writing about, the Disney star reasoned, “They can conspire all they want, but they’re wasting a lot of time because it doesn’t matter.”