Singer Lizzo is one of the hottest names in music right now, but her road to the top was littered with obstacles, fear and depression.
“It was a long road,” the 31-year-old said in the latest issue of PEOPLE.
Her chart-topping hit, “Truth Hurts,” which is undoubtedly one of the summer’s most played songs, started out as a flop.
The single, which is now Grammy eligible despite being released in 2017, didn’t initially resonate with fans the way Lizzo expected, which caused the flautist to sink into a depression.
“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,’” Lizzo explained.
“I was like, ‘F— 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.’”
But when the song was featured in Netflix’s movie Someone Great the anthem finally started to get the traction it deserves.
“Who would have thunk?” Lizzo said of the life changing event. “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.”
Continuing, “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.”
At the height of success, Lizzo has been working through her depression by staying in touch with those who love her.
“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.”