"I didn’t want my EP to be overshadowed by some other narrative that people were trying to make,” Bassett tells Billboard. "I really want the focus to be on the art instead of some of the talk and the chatter. You shouldn’t live to please everybody, but at the same time, there are ways to be sensitive to situations where maybe [‘We Both Know’] has a better chance at a different time."
The narrative includes the fan-made musical feud involving the actor's co-star and rumored ex, Olivia Rodrigo, and current rumored girlfriend, Carpenter. Last month, Rodrigo released "Drivers License," which contains lyrics that many think is about her, Bassett and Carpenter. Weeks later, Carpenter also released "Skin," adding fuel to the fire.
"I can't say too much and it's on his project so I'm like, I don't want to say too much that I can't say," Carpenter said during an interview with Radio.com earlier this month. "But it's a collaboration very dear to my heart that I'm very excited about."
"First, I was in disbelief -- [I was] mostly proud of Olivia,” he shares. "The fact that they were using her song in a sketch, I was like, ‘This is great. This is incredible!'...I was like, ‘I think I’m honored?' They poke fun at everyone and everything. That's the point of the show. I thought it was hilarious."