Songwriting brothers want credit for Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’


The truth is out there.

And the truth about Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" is coming under fire after Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, a pair of songwriting brothers, claimed they deserve credit for the hit song, AP News reports.

The Billboard Hot 100 gem _ which currently sits at No. 2 on the charts after spending six weeks at No. 1 _ borrows from Lizzo's earlier song, "Healthy," which the Raisens co-wrote.

On Tuesday, Justin took to Instagram on behalf of himself and his brother, with a montage entitled, "The Truth About Truth Hurts," focusing on a line used in "Healthy" and subsequently in "Truth Hurts," in which Lizzo sings: "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100% that b __ h."

"We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of 'Healthy' (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in 'Truth Hurts,'" Raisen writes, crediting the original line to a tweet by Mina Lioness, and a subsequent meme that inspired the writing session with Lizzo, Jesse Saint John and Yves Rothman.

Lizzo, Ricky Reed, Tele and Saint John are the credited songwriters on "Truth Hurts," which gained momentum after its appearance in this year's Netflix film, "Someone Great." Both the film and Lizzo's new album, "Cuz I Love You" came out April 19.

The track appears on the album's deluxe album, released in May.

According to Raisen, he and his brother previously contacted Reed and Lizzo's camp "about fixing it," and then "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," Raisen claims, who says, "Coming forward publicly ... 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 culture figure," he wrote. "If we believe in what she's preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she'd understand."

"They did not collaborate with Lizzo or anyone else to write this song, and they did not help write any of the material that they now seek to profit from," Lizzo's lawyer, Cynthia Arato, wrote in a statement Wednesday, "Which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago."

According to The New York Times, an earlier claim over the song was rescinded by the brothers through their publisher, Kobalt.