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Lainey Dionne takes control of toxic relationships on ‘Video Game’

Warning: when playing Lainey Dionne, you only play yourself. And when you hit play on the Rhode Island native’s new single “Video Game,” you might finally realize you’ve always been the bad guy. Fresh off of last year’s wonderful Eponym album (which included a fiery dose of pop magic in “Wake Up Call” which we highly recommend ICYMI), Dionne dropped her new single over the weekend (March 20), and it’s about being trapped in a game controlled by a significant other.

But Dionne is quick to remind us not to play with the heart.

“’Gaming’ is about feeling hopelessly stuck with someone,” Dionne writes. “You want to leave the relationship, but you’re manipulated into staying over and over again and you don’t feel strong enough to leave. There’s a change and you realize you don’t deserve toxic, controlling behavior. After struggling for so long you find the strength to fight back because you will never win in a situation like this, so you quit – which is the best thing you can do.

She adds, “Toxic relationships have a way of changing you, making you think you’re inferior, making you think you can’t leave, but you can. I hope this song will remind you that you are never trapped and you can control your own destiny.

All solid advice, perfectly wrapped in an empowerment-fueled pop song. Press play and launch it below.