During her recent Billboard magazine cover shoot, Lizzo recalled how her Hot 100 No. 1 song “Truth Hurts” came together as part of the “How It Went Down” video series, revealing how a disappointing voicemail inspired her to turn heartbreak and tears into a hit song.
Lizzo tells Billboard that when she went into the studio two years ago to create “Truth Hurts,” she really did not want to be there. “I was so upset and depressed and sad,” she remembers, explaining that she had received a voicemail from a guy telling her not to call him anymore because he was getting back together with his ex.
So, Lizzo blocked him and went to the studio, telling producer Ricky Reed everything that had happened. She noticed that as she was talking, Reed was scribbling something down. When she asked him what he was writing, he replied, "I hope you know you just wrote a song."