Joshua Bassett has spoken candidly about the health issues and mental anguish he endured after coming under intense scrutiny following the rumored release of ex Olivia Rodrigo’s song Drivers License.
The 21-year-old singer and actor found his personal life in the headlines when his High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star released his viral hit, which many believe concerns their supposed breakup, last January. .
Although they never confirmed that they were dating, the artist revealed to People that the whole situation took its toll on his health and that he ended up in hospital battling heart failure after receiving criticism – and even death threats online – following the release of the song.
Tough times: Joshua Bassett suffered heart failure amid the scrutiny he faced when Olivia Rodrigo released the driver’s license; he is seen earlier this month
Bassett recently told the site, “I felt my heart literally fail. I was like, ‘It’s not just anxiety. It’s bad.’
The actor said he was “feeling worse and worse” the week before he was hospitalized.
He added: “I slept 16 to 20 hours a day. I couldn’t even stand for more than 30 seconds.
A producer of his TV show eventually took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with septic shock and told to wait longer as the illness, which could have been brought on by stress, could have turn out to be deadly.
Dire situation: A producer of his TV show eventually took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with septic shock and told to wait longer than the illness, which could have been brought on by stress, could have been deadly
Not well: In the week leading up to his hospitalization, the entertainer admitted he was ‘feeling worse and worse’ every day
“The doctors said, ‘If you didn’t check in within 12 hours, you would be dead in your apartment. It’s crazy how close I was to taking another nap.
The actor left the hospital nine days later physically recovered. But his mental health had been hit hard.
He remembers that “I was even more depressed and stressed. I had a panic attack every day.
Bassett turned to music, writing three songs, Crisis, Secret and Set Me Free, but found the process “stressful and difficult” rather than therapeutic.
Unintended consequence: Bassett turned to music, writing three songs, Crisis, Secret and Set Me Free, but found the process “stressful and difficult” rather than therapeutic.
The performer said that while he was happy to have done various artistic pursuits back then, his sources of inspiration were less than ideal.
“Although, yeah, I was able to do something about my pain, a lot of times it was just me crying and going through all these different feelings,” he said.
The Better Nate Than Ever actor deliberately delayed the release of the songs until December to avoid creating further speculation about the inspiration behind the tracks.
However, after his songs were released, he admitted, “This week has been worse than the year combined.”
Keeping quiet: The Better Nate Than Ever actor deliberately delayed the release of the songs until December to avoid creating further speculation about the inspiration behind the tracks
He said: “I got what I had to say about my chest, but it brought it all to mind, and the healing isn’t very linear.”
Bassett, who has spoken of being sexually abused as a child, said he got his life back on track with the help of his therapist, yoga and meditation.
He said: “My therapist, she loves the song Set Me Free, but every time she hears it she says, ‘Only you can set yourself free.
The actor went on to note that he finally accepted the advice given to him regarding his experiences.
Professional help: Bassett, who spoke of childhood sexual abuse, credited his therapist, as well as yoga and meditation, for helping him get his life back on track
‘I’m like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it. I get it.” But I understand now that it’s really me who can give myself permission to move on. In the end, it was me who had to break free,” he said.
Bassett concluded by expressing that he finally understood why he hadn’t previously dealt with his feelings.
“What I’ve realized recently is that the reason I couldn’t process so many is because I was in shock,” he said.
He added: “I’m still in the middle of the whole process, and I think it’s a lifelong thing, but I’m learning to peel back the layers.”
Coming to terms with himself: Bassett concluded by expressing that he finally understood why he hadn’t previously dealt with his feelings