Why Is Bad Bunny’s Ex-Girlfriend Suing Him For $40 Million?

Bad Bunny’s ex Carliz De La Cruz is suing him for $40 million for using her voice without her consent.

Bad Bunny is slapped with a lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend Carliz De La Cruz Hernández, for allegedly using her voice in two of his songs without her consent,  considering the success of the Puerto Rican rapper his ex is demanding at least $40 million in compensation.

As per the lawsuit which was filed in a Puerto Rican court this month, the rapper used Carliz’s voice recording saying “Bad Bunny, Baby” in two of his songs “Pa Ti” and “Dos Mil 16” in 2016 before getting famous. As per Carliz she came up with the phrase and the voice being used in the songs is also hers, considering the success of the songs she demands $40 million in payments. 

Both the songs mentioned in the lawsuit were huge hits when they were released, “Pa Ti,” song received more than 358 million views on YoutTube and 235 million Spotify reproductions.“Dos Mil 16,” has more than 280 million Spotify reproductions and 63 million YouTube views.

According to the lawsuit, “Thousands of people have commented directly on Carliz’s social media networks, as well as every time she goes to a public place, about ‘Bad Bunny, baby.’ This has caused, and currently causes, De La Cruz to feel worried, anguished, intimidated, overwhelmed, and anxious.” As per the lawsuit, Carliz’s voice was used in promotions, concerts, television, radio, and songs without her consent. Bad Bunny’s manager and Rimas entertainment are also being sued.

Bad Bunny and Carliz went to the same university and during their time together they started dating back in 2011, the aspiring artist at that time always asked for input from Carliz when he worked on his songs, while Carliz at that time used to handle all the bookings, events, contracts for the rapper. The phrase “Bad Bunny, Baby,” came into existence back in 2015 when the rapper asked Carliz to record it in a heavy voice, she recorded it in a bathroom while she was staying over with a friend and sent it to Bad Bunny.

In May 2022, Carliz was approached by a representative of Bad Bunny who offered her $2000 to use her voice memo in a song. She declined the offer and was then contacted by Rimas Entertainment who told her that they would be using her voice in the upcoming album, but an agreement was never reached and her voice was used without her consent.

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