Lizzo responded to claims Wednesday that she plagiarized her #1 single “Truth Hurts.”
She posted screenshots on Twitter explaining how the song came out and the extent of her relationship with producer and songwriter Justin Raisen. Raisen said Lizzo is unfairly taking credit for its opening line when he wrote the line as a part of another song two years ago.
“The men who now claim a piece of ‘Truth Hurts’ did not help me write any part of the song,” the singer said. “The song is my life and its words are my truth.”
In an Instagram post last week,, Raisen claimed that he and his brother, Jeremiah Raisen, were part of a collaborative studio session with Lizzo and fellow songwriters Jesse Saint John and Yves Rothman, which took place back in April 2017.
“Coming forward publicly to family, friends, artists, and colleagues seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this,” he added. “The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure. If we believe in what she’s preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she’d understand.”
Raisen then went on to state that they reached out to Lizzo privately to resolve the issue but was dismissed forcing them to go public.
“After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out,” Raisen continued. “We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shut down every time.”
Raisen said he wanted to share a portion of the requested 5% with the creator of the meme that inspired Lizzo to pen the song in the first place.
In February of 2018, Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Jefferson, was accused of stealing the lyric from British singer Mina Lioness, who claims that Lizzo stole the line from her viral tweet.
“Now everyone believes those were your words, when in fact they were mine. My creativity, my wit and my comedy.” Lioness tweeted.
Lizzo responded to Lioness’s complaint at the time, noting that she had never seen the viral tweet.
“I’ve never seen ur viral tweet but I’m glad it exists,” she tweeted.
Well, Lizzo seemingly changed her tune as she said she’s now “sharing her success” with Lioness.
You can read Lizzo’s full statement below.
Truth Hurts: Lizzo Called Out For Accusing Postmates Driver of Stealing Food
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If you thought white women went up for Lizzo before, just wait until they find out she has big let me speak to the manager energy— America is musty 2021 (@DragonflyJonez) September 17, 2019
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First of all ain't nobody cancelling Lizzo, niggas just noting the bullshit folk with millions of followers can do. Every celebrity that gets checked or criticized ain't cancelled. I'm tired of this "cancel culture" debate when it doesn't even exist.— Tired Black Writer (@God_sgift_) September 17, 2019
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So apparently the woman didn't steal lizzo's food. Lizzo didn't answer her phone so the woman left... 😶— tai 🤎 (@bluinmoonlight) September 17, 2019
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Remembered Lizzo stiffed a fb friend of mine so ratting on her postmates definitely tracks. 🤪 pic.twitter.com/FiD5QnQFf5— Money Tim™️ (@TheLastTroll) September 17, 2019
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I apologize for putting that girl on blast. I understand I have a large following and that there were so many variables that could’ve put her in danger. Imma really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and my pride at the door. 🥺— Feelin Good As Hell (@lizzo) September 17, 2019
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- Tiffany W. after eating Lizzo’s food. pic.twitter.com/ll68zhm5rF— Rob Milton (@therobmilton) September 18, 2019
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Damn, y'all mad at Lizzo over the Postmates Tweet?— Jasmyn (@JasmynBeKnowing) September 17, 2019
Jesus, being famous seems so exhausting.
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I do Postmates and there have been times where the app has fucked up or weird circumstances have happened and I couldn't get the food to the customer. U don't know what this woman's situation is. You can afford to order more food. She might not be able to afford losing her job.— defund the police (@tylerdp_) September 17, 2019
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How Tiffany is walking around with Lizzo’s food— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 17, 2019
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she was fearless and hungrier than lizzo. she is our queen and god help anyone who dares to report our queen to postmates support. pic.twitter.com/rcP5sXw0S2— Alexis “Bring Back Bunheads” Wilson (@sassyblackdiva) September 17, 2019
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Lizzo gotta tell us what she ordered. That's pretty much the deciding factor on who I side with here.— America is musty 2021 (@DragonflyJonez) September 17, 2019
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imagine gps sent you on the wrong route and now you getting screenshots of lizzo saying she gon beat you up over a $5 tackle box.— ....sea moss GOLD & sh—! (@IsiahaSaid) September 17, 2019
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Tiffany W. walking into the crib with Lizzo’s 4 for $4: pic.twitter.com/HYlyPLSC55— Artist Formerly Known as Scooby Coup (@SeptimusFires) September 17, 2019
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Postmates regional manager: Tiffany W, would you please just go back and pick up Lizzo’s food. The restaurant saw the tweet, they’ve remade the order free of charge. You aren’t in any trouble, please..— Sunspot Summers (@theAntiBinge) September 17, 2019
Tiffany W.: pic.twitter.com/Nt8k8u8sqS
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tiffany w. heating up lizzo’s leftovers tomorrow pic.twitter.com/gXOpQEy6fP— open your purse (@bonecarrier) September 17, 2019
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Tiffany W. To Lizzo after stealing her Postmates order pic.twitter.com/RUblulbf33— V-40 (@DopeChubbyChick) September 17, 2019
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Lizzo Responds to Claims That She Hijacked ‘Truth Hurts’ From Producer: “That Song is My Life!” was originally published on 92q.com