Lizzo Sets the Record Straight on “Truth Hurts” After Being Accused of Plagiarism

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The truth always prevails!

As Lizzo continues to travel the country on a sold-out headlining tour, the music superstar is being accused of plagiarism.

Music producer Justin Raisen posted a video on Instagram comparing “Truth Hurts” to a song called “Healthy” that he wrote with Lizzo in 2017. According to the song writer, the two songs share an opening line—”I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch”—as well as a similar melody that is sung in a different key.

Ultimately, Lizzo decided to set the record straight in her own Instagram post Wednesday morning.

“Hey y’all…as I’ve shared before, in 2017, while working on a demo, I saw a meme that resonated with me, a meme that made me feel like 100% that bitch. I sang that line in the demo, and I later used the line in ‘Truth Hurts,'” she wrote to her followers. “The men who now claim a piece of ‘Truth Hurts’ did not help me write any part of the song.”

Lizzo continued, “They had nothing to do with the line or how I chose to sing it. There was no one in the room when I wrote ‘Truth Hurts,’ except me, Ricky Reed, and my tears. That song is my life, and its words are my truth.”

According to the singer, she learned that a tweet inspired the meme. As a result, “the creator of the tweet is the person I am sharing my success with…not these men. Period.”

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my song. XOXO,” she concluded her statement.

“Truth Hurts” was released in 2017 but reached the top of the United States charts last month. In fact, many consider it to be her biggest hit to date.

Along with her music career, she has appeared in the movie Hustlers and had been a champion of body positivity.

“I want people to feel good! We can heal the world but first, we have to heal ourselves,” Lizzo told fans while performing at CBS Radio’s We Can Survive this past weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. “Your energy is important.”

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