Lizzo doesn’t plan on sharing ‘Truth Hurts’ songwriting credits with the men that sued her over it, but she will share it with the woman whose tweet inspired some of its lyrics.
British artist Mina Lioness will receive a credit in the summer hit, which has spent several weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and tied a record for the longest-running No. 1 rap song by a female artist. Lizzo admitted that the song’s viral lyric, “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch,” was inspired by a meme, which in turn was inspired by an original tweet Lioness wrote in 2017.
The singer explained in an Instagram post that she has no problem “sharing her success” with Lioness, but she was adamant that the same didn’t go for songwriters Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and a list of others who collectively filed a lawsuit asking to be credited in the song as well.
“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,” Lizzo wrote. “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.”
Lizzo has now filed a countersuit against the men, accusing them of acting in “bad faith,” and saying that the Raisen brothers withdrew claims to the song in writing earlier this year, only to reinstate them once “Truth Hurts” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
As for Lioness, she has shared her gratitude towards the singer and publicly thanked Lizzo and her team for “embracing [her] and reaching out.”
“I just took a DNA Test,” Lioness tweeted, “turns out I’m a credited writer for the number one song on Billboard.”