Beyoncé's Songwriter Says "Love Drought" Is Not About Jay Z


Everyone, get ready for your mind to be blown. "Love Drought," the song from Lemonade that everyone thought described Beyoncé's strained relationship with Jay Z, is not about the couple at all. Songwriter Ingrid Burley just revealed that it's actually about her own professional relationships.

In an interview with Genius, she said the lyrics "10 times out of nine, I know you’re lying / But nine times out of 10, I know you’re trying" have nothing to do with marital infidelity. Instead, they're directed toward the people running Beyoncé's management company, Parkwood Entertainment, who told Burley that Bey wasn't listening to any new music when she actually was.

When Burley realized Parkwood was being dishonest, she wrote the song within half an hour. "I couldn't get out of my head the fact that they just lied to me," she said. “The only way that I could really get over it was like, 'She’s gonna sing the song I wrote about her label one day.'"

So, she did — and sent the whole world into a frenzy in the process. How's that for revenge?
Advertisement

More from Music

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.