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INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 21: Lizzo performs onstage at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 21, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella)

Lizzo is under fire for her hit single “Truth Hurts.” Everyone knows the line in the song, “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch,” and now people are saying that the idea for it wasn’t originally hers.

According to Hollywood Unlocked, British musician Mina Lioness claims she came up with the line. This comes after Lizzo was trying to trademark it. There is even a tweet from February of 2017 where Mina Lioness tweeted it out.

“Truth Hurts” came out seven months later.

In 2018, Mina confronted Lizzo on Twitter about the line, saying, “Now everyone believes those were your words, when in fact they were mine. My creativity, my wit, and my comedy,” but Lizzo still denies stealing it. She responded, saying, “‘Truth Hurts’ was written In June fyi – someone made a meme on IG that said, ‘I’m 100% that bitch’ and we were inspired, I give that meme credit when I talk about making the song. I never seen ur viral tweet but I’m glad it exists.”

There is also a producer and songwriter coming forward saying the song is similar to his song “Healthy.” Justin Raisen claims he worked with Lizzo and never received credit for it.

He put a mashup of the two songs on Instagram with a lengthy post about working with Lizzo and how the song came to be. He explains, “On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called ‘Healthy’ w/Lizzo. ‘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.”

Justin also explains that he tried to quietly sort this out for the last two years, but they were shut down every time. Listen to the mashup of “Healthy” and “Truth Hurts” below.

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

294 Likes, 145 Comments - Justin Raisen (@justinraisen) on Instagram: "The Truth about "Truth Hurts" On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called "Healthy" w/ Lizzo,..."