"People don’t know anything they’re talking about," he says in the new interview, explaining that "the hardest thing" has been "biting my tongue, in a lot of ways, but the reality is it’s kind of like a lost cause trying to talk about any of that stuff, and I refuse to feed into any of the bulls---, so I just don’t."
He continues, "[Everyone] is asking me about Sabrina and Olivia. Why don't we focus on these women for who they are? Let's focus on the art that they're making and how great they are instead of their relationship to a boy."
Bassett commends Rodrigo's Billboard 200 No. 1 debut album Sour and how the 18-year-old singer-songwriter perfectly captures what an artist is supposed to do in their work: "carry the emotional weight for other people. That's what's so great about Olivia's album. She was able to articulate the feelings that she felt in a way that works on behalf of other people."
The 20-year-old artist also says he's learned a thing or two from Carpenter, whom he first reached out to via Instagram DMs per his label Warner Records' advice about recording a song. "I was like, that’s terrifying. I’m not going to DM her," he tells GQ. "I’ve never DM’d anybody. I don’t DM people."
While he has plenty of admiration for Rodrigo and Carpenter, Bassett isn't shy about his appreciation for Harry Styles either. In May, Bassett gushed about the "Watermelon Sugar" singer in a video interview with Clevver News before stating, "This is also my coming out video, I guess." A day later, he opened up about his sexuality in a heartfelt message about how he's long been judged for it while denouncing "toxicity, hatred and negativity" about who someone chooses to love. In talking to GQ, Bassett affirms he is "happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community" and why he does not feel rushed to identify with any preferred label about his sexuality.
"There are plenty of letters in the alphabet. ... Why bother rushing to a conclusion? Sometimes your letter changes, sometimes you try a different one, other times you realize you’re not what you thought you were, or maybe you always knew," he states. "All of these can be true. I’m happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because they embrace all. Don’t let anyone tell you love isn’t love. They’re the ones who probably need it the most."