The Band Perry is back with a new song, and boy is it a doozy.
The trio, who left the country music scene quite a while ago, released the new song called The Good Life on Friday, which just happened to be lead singer Kimberly Perry’s 36th birthday. And it looks like for her birthday Kimberly wanted to exorcise the demons from her past because the song is all about her ex.
To prepare fans for what was coming, Kimberly took to Instagram to address the theme of the song.
Tonight on the eve of my birthday and of the release of THE GOOD LIFE I have a few things to say.
THE GOOD LIFE is a story about the infidelity I experienced. I want you to know that this song was written during a toxic and incredibly difficult time in my life, but I’m singing it to you now with the voice of a woman who has completely regained a strong sense of self, rebuilt her womanhood, and is grateful to have learned so much.
The lyrics in this song are visceral and strong, just as the feelings have been. I feel empowered by them. I hope they empower you to know your value, and if you find yourself in an environment where someone makes you feel disrespected and degraded, I want you to know that you deserve so much more. It’s ok that things don’t go as planned and it’s also ok to not have a new plan yet.
And for those who who tell lies, who take advantage of others’ trust and dignity – DO BETTER.
I’m so grateful to be here and to blow out candles celebrating another year in my good life. Thank you for caring about my story and for listening. The song coming out tonight is one I needed to make to remind myself that my life is not defined by one ugly situation, my body is not diminished by one uninterested person, and my self worth is not determined by anyone else’s words or behavior. Neither is yours.
So many songs coming your way!
I love you all.
So what’s all the fuss about? Here are a few of the lyrics to make you go hmmm: “I’m not gonna be a joke / I know about your sidepiece, bro / I’m not gonna fight anymore / Glad I never had your baby / This’ll be a cleaner cut / You can keep the Labradors … Have a good life / You had a good life / You gave it up for hoes.”
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So just in case you’re not familiar with Kimberly’s love life, she was previously married to retired MLB player J.P. Arencibia. The two divorced last year after four years of marriage. And yes, there were labs involved in their marriage.
I don’t know about you, but I think I would have probably kept the pup.
After the song hit the internet, Arencibia took to social media to defend himself. The post has since been deleted but People reports that he captioned his post:
“It’s sad that at 36 years of age today, a person would try to revive a dying career with click bait. Well, here’s just a little taste of reality to a woman and family that are not in touch with it,” Arencibia captioned the carousel of screenshots, adding: “Truly wish the best to their career and her life but trying to use a subject to garner traction is disappointing. Good luck in your free fall. PS Yes after she left me I dated other women.”
“Good luck in your free fall.” Youch.
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After deleting his post, Arencibia’s rep gave a more formal statement to People, saying: “While matters of our relationship and what led to the demise of our marriage should remain between us, I will say there was no infidelity. It’s a shame that all of this is now being made up to promote an album; I have moved on and hopefully one day she can as well.”
I don’t know, I guess if you marry and divorce a songwriter you should know this is where things could eventually end up. Then again, I’m kind of with Arencibia about the whole trying to “revive a dying career with click bait” bit. Like all marriages that fall apart, though, there’s always two sides to the story.
Take a listen to The Good Life and let us know what you think.