Lizzo has shared an extended message responding to plagiarism claims connected to her hit single "Truth Hurts."

In her statement, Lizzo begins by addressing "the men who now claim a piece of 'Truth Hurts.'" According to Lizzo, anyone making such claims "had nothing to do with the line or how I chose to sing it."

She went on to say that, when the song was written, she was in the room with Ricky Reed, "my tears," and no one else. "That song is my life, and its words are my truth." 

The bulk of the controversy centers on the track's opening line "I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch." As Lizzo hinted at in Wednesday's statement, the line was brought on by a meme that she later learned was inspired by a @MinaLioness tweet.  

After Lizzo gave Mina a writing credit, she took to Twitter to show her appreciation. 

Songwriter and producer Justin Raisen, however, has also claimed some credit for the track. In an Instagram note earlier this month, Raisen said the line originated from a song he wrote with Lizzo, Jesse St. John, and Yves Rothman in April 2017 titled "Healthy." According to Raisen, a meme incorporating Mina's tweet was stumbled upon during those sessions:


The Truth about “Truth Hurts” On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called “Healthy” w/ Lizzo, Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman at our studio. “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch” was taken from “Healthy” and used in “Truth Hurts”. We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. 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. We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shutdown every time. 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. 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. Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness ( @minalioness ) for tweeting “I just did a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch”. A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together. If Ricky and Lizzo’s team decide to settle this dispute with us, we would like to share some of the proceeds with Mina for her influence on Healthy. The clip below shows a video & photos from the day we wrote “Healthy” along with the comparisons between the two works. All the Love, Justin & Jeremiah Raisen #lizzo #truthhurts #healthy #billboard

A post shared by Justin Raisen (@justinraisen) on Oct 14, 2019 at 11:50pm PDT

Later on Wednesday, Lizzo filed a lawsuit disputing the claims of plagiarism. “Today we filed a lawsuit on Lizzo’s behalf to establish, in a court of law, that the Raisens are not writers of 'Truth Hurts' and have no right to profit from the song’s success," Lizzo's attorney, Cynthia Arato, said in a statement to Complex. "The Raisens did not collaborate with Lizzo or anyone else to create the song, and they did not help write any of the material that they now seek to profit from, which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago, as the lawsuit makes abundantly clear." 

Arato adds that, "Although it is all too commonplace for successful artists to be subjected to these type of opportunistic claims, it is nevertheless disappointing that Lizzo had to take this step to put an end to the Raisens’ false claims and their campaign of harassment.”

Per the most recent charts update, "Truth Hurts" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 ahead of recent hits from Camila Cabello, Lewis Capaldi, Post Malone, and Chris Brown.