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True Love was written and recorded by Pink for her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love (2012). It was written by Pink, Lily Allen (credited as her former marital name, Lily Rose Cooper) and Greg Kurstin, and features Lily.
The song received mostly positive reviews from critics and was compared to the album’s title track due to both songs revealing the positive and negative sides of love. In its review of The Truth About Love, Billboard called the song the album’s “brightest moment” and added that it “deserves to be one of Pink’s signature songs”. Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush also gave a positive review of the song, saying, “The upbeat, hell yeah, high-five love song features Pink calling her lover an “a–hole” and saying she wants to slap his whole face. Again, a dysfunctional relationship, which is sung about over a resonant rhythm, makes the misery of love sound like a delight in Pink’s capable hands, er, voice.” MSN Music also reacted positively to the song, calling it “feisty”.
The New York Times complimented the song, as well as the album’s title track, for recognizing “some nonstorybook sides of romance”, and further praised “True Love” for being “bouncy” and upbeat. The Chicago Tribune gave a more critical review of the song, calling Allen’s vocals “strangely subdued” and added that Allen was “tamping down Pink’s strident, comical posturing”. They also wrote that the collaboration “should’ve been a dream pairing, but falls flat”. PopMatters also gave the song a mixed review, complimenting the song, as well as the title track, for “daring to reveal the truth about love”, but added that “True Love” especially “cutesily examines why we hate those we love” and contains “brave” and “honest” material that is far too cliché.
The music video was released to her official VEVO account in June 2013
The video directed by Sophie Muller (who also directed videos for Trouble and I Don’t Believe You) features Pink, her husband Carey Hart and her 2 year old daughter Willow. It is the fourth music video that Hart appears alongside P!nk. The video is a melody of flashing and swirling colors. Pink stated that she has no time for a dramatic music video, (like her previous videos for Just Give Me a Reason and Try, which show Pink’s emotional and dramatic side) due to her being on her sold-out worldwide tour, backstage footage of which is featured in the video. Lily Allen was filmed separately; and during her short part in the song she is shown cutting vegetables and throwing them into a blender.