About

I Lived Bitch refers to a quote from a text message containing a photograph of a man recovering in a hospital room and text message reading “I Lived Bitch.” Online, the phrase “I lived bitch” has come to describe overcoming a physical or emotional hardship.

Origin

In December 2014, Twitter user @lolcalista[1] tweeted a photo of a text message exchange (shown below) underneath the caption “my stepdad had surgery this morning and he sent me this.” The account has since been closed and taken over by a new user. However, on December 4th, 2014, Twitter user @polarizangie rewtweeted the post.[4]

calista @lolcalista my stepdad had surgery this morning and he sent me this 8000 AT&T LTE 3:00 PM ④ 5596. <Messages (1) Brent Details Today 2:04 PM l lived bitch text nose
 

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On April 24th, 2016, the Instagram account @cohmedy[3] posted the original @lolcalista tweet to receive more than 129,900 likes in the first year. Several months later, on December 30th, Twitter user @spliced_[6] posted a variation of @lolcalista’s tweet (shown below), posting the same picture but rewriting their tweet to read, “My dad, who has been in a coma for 3 months and presumed dead, texted me this.” The tweet received more than 137,800 retweets and 405,400 likes.

chris @spliced My dad, who has been in a coma for 3 months and presumed dead, texted me this I lived bitch face nose text chin
 

Several days later, on January 7th, 2017, Twitter user @mytomholland[5] posted a variation on the meme, placing actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the image. They captioned a picture (shown below) of DiCaprio standup paddleboarding “my husband, who drowned in the ocean 3 years ago and presumed dead, texted me this.” The tweet received more than 16,000 retweets and 27,000 likes.

shana @mytomholland my husband, who drowned in the ocean 3 years ago and presumed dead, texted me this .oooo Bouygues 5:16 PM 36 % Jack Dawson iMessage Today 5:15 PM I lived bitch Jack Dawson water text joint shoulder
 

On February 3rd, 2017, the Twitter account @Knuckle_Echidna[2] tweeted “I lived bitch” (shown below) and received more than 10,400 retweets and 13,600 likes in the first three months.