The “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” actress, 18, took a moment amid the heights of her break-out hit “drivers license” to show she had been brought back down to Earth by a City of Los Angeles parking violation ticket.
“This isn’t all fun and games,” Rodrigo wrote in the photo of the dreaded red-lined parking ticket envelope posted on her Instagram stories. No word on the parking infraction, but Rodrigo can handle the fine.
In the emotional pop ballad, Rodrigo sings about driving in the ‘burbs with her new drivers license, longing for the past love who’d encouraged her to achieve the life-changing ID.
Released Jan. 8, “drivers license” launched to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Rodrigo the youngest artist to debut at the top of the chart, and broke Spotify’s record for most streams of a song in a single week.
The song even got a stamp of approval from Taylor Swift, who responded to the then 17-year-old singer’s success by posting “that’s my baby and i’m so proud.” (Rodrigo turned 18 in February).
Fans were quick to hypothesize who Rodrigo’s lyrics were about, many assuming Rodrigo was singing about a failed relationship with “HSM” co-star, Joshua Bassett and his new rumored love interest, Sabrina Carpenter.
Why? Because Carpenter is blonde and four years older than Rodrigo.
On April 1, Rodrigo released “Deja Vu,” her true follow-up to the song from her upcoming, yet to be titled, debut album expected May 21. “I promise it’s not an April fools joke lol,” she wrote on Instagram.
Word to the wise Olivia on the parking ticket — just pay the fine. The appeals process never works.