In two of Bad Bunny‘s songs, “Pa Ti” and “Dos Mil 16,” the phrase “Bad Bunny, baby” can be heard sung by ex-girlfriend Carliz De La Cruz Hernández, which she claims is being used without her permission.


Bad Bunny (real name Benito Martínez), and De La Cruz started dating in 2011 before the two went to college at the University of Puerto Rico. During their time in college, Martínez started creating songs and performing at parties and De La Cruz acted as a part-time manager.

According to De La Cruz and the lawsuit, she recorded the phrase “Bad Bunny, baby,” per Martínez’s request, in 2015 in a friend’s bathroom.


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On January 1, 2016, Martínez proposed to De La Cruz, which she accepted, but later that same year the two split as Martínez was signed on by Rimas Entertainment, and De La Cruz was accepted into the University of Puerto Rico’s law school.

Then, as the lawsuit states, in May 2022, De La Cruz was approached by a Bad Bunny representative asking to talk to her about Martínez. The representative offered her $2,000 for the recording of her voice, which she turned down. Then a representative for Rimas Entertainment also reached out and offered her more money, which she again turned down.

The lawsuit claims that as there was never a deal made, the song with her phrase was used without permission or consent.

Martinez is currently dating supermodel Kendall Jenner and recently dissed her ex, Devin Booker, on a new track.

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