For Olivia Rodrigo fans, it’s hard to imagine life before her music. While her lyrics are undeniably Gen Z (“It’s brutal out here!”), they also drip with a romanticism and timelessness that could easily be mistaken for lines from past greats like Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez (“And I fell for you like water falls from the February sky”). Of course, at the heart of Rodrigo’s songs is romance, and she’s been keeping fans interested in her entanglements ever since she crashed onto the scene with her first single, “drivers license.”
While “drivers license” and the rest of Rodrigo’s debut album, Sour, grabbed headlines due to the backstory involving her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Bassett, it was the music that rose above the noise. Since then, Rodrigo has had other partners and she’s released other music (like the phenomenal Guts) that only continues to build upon her strengths. But if you’re curious as to what former paramours might’ve inspired those hit songs, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn about Rodrigo’s entire dating history, from her behind-the-scenes Disney romance to her current relationship with Louis Partridge.
Louis Partridge (October 2023—Present)
You might recognize Rodrigo’s current partner for his role as Lord Tewkesbury in Enola Holmes or for his portrayal of Sid Vicious on the miniseries Pistol.
While it’s unclear how Partridge and Rodrigo met, a source told The Sun that they were introduced through mutual friends, and the pair first sparked dating rumors in October 2023, when they were spotted hanging out together in London. In those photos, one snap seemed to capture Partridge’s arm around the singer.
Then, the couple basically confirmed their romance in December, when they were caught kissing on the streets of New York City. That same month, the British-born actor came to support Rodrigo after her performance on Saturday Night Live, and the two were seen leaving the sketch show’s afterparty together. Only days prior, Partridge had also gone to see the “vampire” singer at the iHeartRadio Z100 Jingle Ball show, where he was spotted standing next to her friends Conan Gray and Madison Hu.
Zack Bia (February 2022—August 2022)
Although it’s unclear how Bia and Rodrigo first met, their connection seems to date back to January 2022, when they attended a number of the same parties (but Rodrigo was still with her former boyfriend, Adam Faze, at the time).
Their intimate relationship began around February, when Bia (who is a producer, DJ, and record executive) invited Rodrigo to see one of his sets at the Super Bowl. Later that year, a source confirmed to People that this was the beginning of their romance, saying, “They’ve been dating since the Super Bowl. They really like each other.”
After Rodrigo hung with Bia at the Super Bowl, the DJ attended the singer’s birthday party at SHOREbar in Santa Monica, California. Then, in April, the pair were spotted out in public together for the first time, when they were seen taking a walk in NYC. Finally, after months of speculation, it was confirmed that they were an item in June.
However, due to their busy schedules, the couple called it quits that August, and Bia talked about the split in an interview with GQ in September 2023, saying, “We’re both busy, and we ended up not furthering our relationship. There was never any drama, you know?”
Adam Faze (June 2021—January 2022)
One month after Rodrigo dropped her record-smashing debut album Sour, E! reported that the singer had started seeing Faze, a film director and producer. At the time, the outlet reported that Rodrigo attended the premiere of Space Jam 2 with Faze as her plus-one.
A mere two weeks later, paparazzi captured the two kissing on the streets of Los Angeles. However, the couple kept their relationship mainly under wraps for the half a year they spent together.
It was speculated by fans that they went their separate ways in January 2022, when Rodrigo unfollowed the director on Instagram (however, at the time, Faze was still following Rodrigo). People first reported the news of their breakup in February, with a quote from an insider, who said, “They’ve been over for a bit now.”
Joshua Bassett (2019—July 2020)
Okay, so, Rodrigo and Bassett never *officially* confirmed their relationship at any point, but all the facts seem to suggest that they were certainly an item.
The pair first met in early 2019, on the set of their Disney+ show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. On the series, they played each other’s love interests, and off-screen, they quickly bonded over their love of songwriting. In August of that same year, the pair performed together at a Disney+ Showcase, three months before their TV show premiered.
For the series, Bassett and Rodrigo wrote the song, “Just for a Moment,” but that wasn’t the only way in which their personal relationship blurred with the musical show. In fact, in an interview with the L.A. Times, Bassett discussed a moment where his character confesses his love for Rodrigo’s character, and he said that he improvised parts of the scene with details from their real-life relationship. “Every single time [we filmed it], I would change it to something else that was specific to her and I, and getting her reaction out of it was the best thing in the world,” he said. Rodrigo commented on the same moment, adding, “He said, ‘Remember that one time that we wrote a song, and we didn’t know if anybody would like it?’ That one made me cry because I just remembered sharing those memories with him…I love him so much. He’s my best friend…It was like I wasn’t acting.”
However, it was believed the pair had split when Bassett was spotted with Sabrina Carpenter in July 2020, indicating the end of their relationship. The end of their romance is highly speculated to be the subject of Rodrigo’s smash hit “drivers license.”
The best evidence that we have of Rodrigo and Bassett’s relationship arrived in the summer of 2022, when the “bad idea right?” singer accidentally followed her former co-star on Instagram (she famously follows no one on the social media app). In December 2023, Rodrigo stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and discussed the mishap, saying, “I had this very embarrassing encounter once where I was stalking my ex—as one does, sue me, sorry—and I accidentally followed him because I was stalking him.”
Joel is the editorial and social media assistant for HarpersBAZAAR.com, where he covers all things celebrity news. When he steps away from the keyboard, you can likely find him singing off-key at concerts, scavenging thrift stores for loud wardrobe staples, or perusing bookstores for the next great gay romance novel.