Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ empowers women. It has been out for two years, but in the past few months, it’s rapidly climbed the charts–largely attributed to its feature on Netflix’s Someone Great. This awe-inspiring song isn’t just another sugary pop top hit. It’s an anthem for women who are ready to take control of every aspect of their lives and leave behind relationships that don’t encourage them to flourish.

With this song, Lizzo reminds us it’s possible to be the baddest woman in the room, even when we’re “crying crazy.” ‘Truth Hurts’ embraces that duality of womanhood by recognizing we’re humans, but also otherworldly because of all the things we overcome. The lyrics encourage women to not be ashamed of their faults, don’t be a mat for people to walk over, and never, ever, ever, ever be with someone who won’t show you off to the world. This song empowers women to take on the lead role in their life’s story.

“Yeah, I got boy problems, that’s the human in me. Bling, bling, then I solve ‘em, that’s the goddess in me.”

Boy (or girl) problems are inevitable. Bad break-ups or awkward lulls in relationships tend to make women feel less than worthy, doomed to fall prey to that ugly monster that is self-doubt. Lizzo’s line “I got boy problems, that’s the human in me” is an unabashed declaration that she has flaws, and so what? No one’s perfect enough to avoid romantic mishaps. Even strong, independent women have to cry it out over a tub of ice cream and Meg Ryan rom-com sometime.

And when we’re done crying, well, we solve it. ‘Cause even though us women appear as mere mortals, we have the power of goddesses. Lizzo knows all too well how women pick themselves up and put themselves back together daily. Mending our broken hearts while living in a world that works against us is nothing short of a miracle.

“You ‘posed to hold me down, but you holding me back. And the sound of my not calling your back.”

What’s the point of a relationship if your partner doesn’t have your back? No one is entitled to your time. Every minute is a gift that you choose to give to people who value you and vice versa. Unapologetically, Lizzo explains she’s not in the business of wasting her time or data plan. Nor does she have the patience to be held back.

Her ten-year music career is the biggest example of her determination to be successful in a cut-throat industry. She’s been hammering out amazing content for years, and the last thing she needed was someone not supporting her in pursuit of her dreams. Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ empowers women by providing proof that a woman doesn’t need a man to help her feel stable in her career goals. When he becomes too much like a weight, it’s time to keep moving forward without him.

“Who would want to hide this? I will never ever, ever, ever be your side chick.”

With the rise of the “side chick,” more women are becoming privy to the age-old practice of men having their cake and eating it too. It’s gross when a man declares love for you behind closed doors, but can’t seem to look you in the eyes when you’re in public. “Who would want to hide this?” is direct and filled with surety every woman should have about her own value.

Women deserve to be loved in the open. No part of us should be edited or erased to fit into a man’s vision. We don’t have to settle for the role of second in line. Lizzo is so confident in her worth without a partner that she’s more than willing to move on to other things in her life. Her strong focus on making sure in the end, she’s winning is what makes this song empowering.

Women are raised to be natural caretakers. We’re conditioned to give wholeheartedly and be thankful for whatever we receive in return. But ‘Truth Hurts’ shatters the notion that women have to stand still and take what we’ve been given. Because we can solve our own problems — even after heartbreak. We can decide when enough is enough and walk away from relationships that don’t serve a purpose in our lives. And we can refuse to be in the background of someone’s life. Lizzo is the protagonist of her story, never a side character. Her music empowers other women to take the same approach.

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