Lizzo Reveals She Almost Quit Music After Releasing ‘Truth Hurts’ Because Of Depression
Depression hurts — and while Lizzo didn’t let it stop her from pursuing her dreams, there was a time when she almost did.
In the new issue of People, the 31-year-old singer opened up about the “long road” she traveled to achieve success in the music industry, and the many psychological hurdles she faced along the way.
The songstress (real name: Melissa Jefferson) catapulted to fame earlier this year with the release of her catchy self-love anthem Juice, the lead single off her third studio album Cuz I Love You. She’s since performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, at the BET Awards, and is currently nominated for two MTV VMAs for “Best New Artist” and “Push Artist of the Year.”
While it seems like musical stardom was inevitable, Lizzo didn’t always think her dreams would actually come true — and just two years ago, she was ready to throw in the towel.
Nearly a year after releasing her acclaimed Coconut Oil EP, the performer dropped her breakup bop Truth Hurts in September 2017. It didn’t pop off immediately after it’s release — and the response (or lack thereof) caused the singer to think about quitting music altogether.
She explained to the publication:
“The day I released Truth Hurts was probably one of the darkest days I’ve had ever in my career. I remember thinking, ‘If I quit music now, nobody would notice. This is my best song ever, and nobody cares.'”
Not back then, at least.
As fans will know, Truth Hurts has since become one of Lizzo’s most beloved tracks. Of course, she had no way of knowing that at the time.
Frustrated over nearly ten years of pursuing her passion without a successful song to show for it, the singer almost gave up on her dreams. Thankfully, the support of her family and colleges made her push through.
“I was like, ‘F**k it, I’m done.’ And a lot of people rallied; my producer, my publicist and my family, they were like, ‘Just keep going because this is the darkest before the dawn.'”
The dawn soon came. Now, two years later, Truth Hurts sits at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
As for what had changed, Lizzo credits “extra-special magic” from the universe that may have kicked in after she refused to give up. She mused:
“Who would have thunk? What a moment in a movie can do for an artist is crazy. I had everything else: the hard work, the good music, touring — but then there’s that extra-special magic that nobody really knows what it is that can really change your life.”
The irony of the song that almost broke her now being one of the star’s biggest jams isn’t lost on her, either.
“Now the song that made me want to quit is the song that everyone’s falling in love with me for, which is such a testament to journeys: Your darkest day turns into your brightest triumph.”
Lizzo’s triumphs haven’t solved all her problems, though. As we reported last month, the flutist revealed she still deals with depression and self-image issues relating to her fear of rejection.
But, over the years, the star has come up with techniques to help her face these struggles head on. She said:
“I practice self-love. I look in the mirror and say, ‘I love you. You’re beautiful. You can do anything.’ Tell yourself that on your happy days so that you have the strength to tell yourself that on your darker days.”
The Detroit native also noted how communication plays a vital roll in overcoming these issues, explaining:
“Reaching out to people when you’re depressed is really hard; I would shut myself away from friends and family. So I’ve been working on communicating with the people who love me.”
Despite it now being easier for Lizzo to cope with her depression, the condition isn’t going away; it’s something she’ll likely have to deal with for the rest of her life.
But it didn’t stop her from giving up.
On Monday, the artist wrote a “testimony” to her followers that hard work does pay off in the long run, tweeting:
EVERYBODY GON HAVE SUMN TO SAY BUT I BEEN BUSTIN MY ASS FOR 10 YEARS MAKIN MUSIC.. TOURING-BLOOD SWEAT TEARS.. WHEN I DROPPED TRUTH HURTS I WAS SO DEPRESSED I ALMOST QUIT MUSIC CUZ NO ONE CARED- IDGAF THIS MY TESTIMONY MY HARD WORK PAYIN OFF A REMINDER TO NEVER GIVE UP! THANK U! https://t.co/7JRVDeFHzN
— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) July 21, 2019
Thank you for the reminder, gurl!
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