Lizzo Responds to the Plagiarism Accusations Over ‘Truth Hurts’ With a Lengthy Instagram Post and a Lawsuit of Her Own

Lizzo was recently hit with plagiarism accusations over “Truth Hurts.”

Lizzo’s lawyer shared a statement saying, “Although it has become all too commonplace for successful artists to be subjected to these type of opportunistic claims, it is nevertheless disappointing that after all of her hard work, Lizzo has to respond to this specious claim.”

Now Lizzo herself has spoken up about the accusation.

She wrote on Instagram the following:

“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 a demo, and I later used the line in Truth Hurts.

The men who now claim a piece of Truth Hurts did not help me write any part of the song. 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.

I later learned that a tweet inspired the meme. 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.”


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Truth Hurts… but the truth shall set you free.

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And it turns out she has also filed a lawsuit against her accusers. Pitchfork reports that the suit was filed today in a California federal court, and that Lizzo is seeking “a judicial declaration” that Justin Raisen, Jeremiah Raisen, and Justin “Yves” Rothman “did not co-author ‘Truth Hurts,’ and have no right to co-own that work or to share in its profits.”