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Lizzo discusses body positivity as she says society has ‘got a long way to go’ in judging people


Lizzo spoke out about body positivity prior to taking to social media to decry ‘racist’ and ‘fat-shaming’ messages she received on social media amid the release of her single Rumors with Cardi B.

The 33-year-old singer, chatting Friday with Zane Lowe of Apple Music, discussed the scrutiny about her appearance amid her success.

‘I feel like fat is the worst thing people can say about me at this point,’ Lizzo said. ‘This is the biggest insecurity. It’s like, “How dare a pop star be fat?” I had to own that.’

The latest: Lizzo, 39, spoke out about body positivity Friday, prior to taking to social media Sunday to decry ‘racist’ and ‘fat-shaming’ messages she received on social media amid the release of her single Rumors with Cardi B

She explained how she feels her journey up the top of the charts has differed from other artists.

‘I feel like other people who were put on that pedestal, or who become pop stars, probably have other insecurities or have other flaws,’ she said, ‘but they can hide it behind a veneer of being sexy and being marketable.’

‘There’s still so many people who suffer from being marginalized systemically. Meanwhile, there’s a plus-size Black girl at the Grammys.’

Lizzo said things ‘got a long way to go’ in society amid the disparities based on race and appearance, as ‘the infrastructure has not changed as much.

Exchange: The singer chat Friday with Zane Lowe of Apple Music, as they discussed the scrutiny about her appearance amid her success.

Exchange: The singer chat Friday with Zane Lowe of Apple Music, as they discussed the scrutiny about her appearance amid her success.

Lizzo explained how she feels her journey up the top of the charts has differed from other artists in the chat

Lizzo explained how she feels her journey up the top of the charts has differed from other artists in the chat

Lizzo said things 'got a long way to go' in society amid the disparities based on race and appearance, as 'the infrastructure has not changed as much'

Lizzo said things ‘got a long way to go’ in society amid the disparities based on race and appearance, as ‘the infrastructure has not changed as much’

‘Plus-size Black women are still not getting the treatment they deserve in hospitals and from doctors and at work,’ she said.

On Sunday, Lizzo took to Instagram Stories to express her anguish amid the nasty feedback she received amid the release of Rumors, which marks her first single in more than two years, since Cuz I Love You in April of 2019. 

‘People say s*** about me that doesn’t even make sense,’ Lizzo said in the candid social media clip, in which she used a tissue to wipe away her tears. ‘It’s fatphobic, it’s racist and it’s hurtful – if you don’t like my music cool, if you don’t like Rumors the song, cool but a lot of people don’t like me because of the way I look.’

The Grammy Award-winning performer said she feels the loving energy she tries to put out isn’t reciprocated.

Lizzo on Sunday took to Instagram Live to express her anguish over 'fat-shaming and racist' reactions in response to Rumors, her collaboration with Cardi B

Lizzo on Sunday took to Instagram Live to express her anguish over ‘fat-shaming and racist’ reactions in response to Rumors, her collaboration with Cardi B

Emotional: The Truth Hurts artist said that 'for the most part,' the negativity doesn’t hurt her feelings, but her patience and tolerance is lessened amid a grueling work schedule

The recording artist, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, 'It doesn’t matter how much positive energy you put into the world, you’re still going to have people that have something mean to say about you'

Emotional: The Truth Hurts artist said that ‘for the most part,’ the negativity doesn’t hurt her feelings, but her patience and tolerance is lessened amid a grueling work schedule 

‘I’m putting so much loving energy into the world … and sometimes I feel like the world don’t love me back,’ said the recording artist, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson. ‘It doesn’t matter how much positive energy you put into the world, you’re still going to have people that have something mean to say about you.’

The Truth Hurts artist said that ‘for the most part,’ the negativity doesn’t hurt her feelings, but her patience and tolerance is lessened amid a grueling schedule of writing, performing and promoting, but the reaction to Rumors has been an exception.

‘I’m more sensitive and it gets to me … I feel so down, I’m hurt so hard,’ the Detroit native said, adding that she’s been working overtime on a daily basis making and promoting her music, even following a root canal procedure.’

In the ancient Greek-themed video, which premiered Friday, Lizzo and Cardi B reunited since their last work on the 2019 hit film Hustlers.   

Busy: The Detroit native said he's been working overtime on a daily basis making and promoting her music, even following a root canal procedure

Busy: The Detroit native said he’s been working overtime on a daily basis making and promoting her music, even following a root canal procedure 

Moving forward: The lauded artist was seen on the social media site with awards in the background

Moving forward: The lauded artist was seen on the social media site with awards in the background 

Cardi B took to her defense in a tweet, imparting her own wisdom on the topic of how to mentally deal with the haters.

‘When you stand up for yourself they claim [you’re] problematic & sensitive,’ she said. ‘When you don’t they tear you apart until you crying like this. Whether you skinny, big, plastic, they going to always try to put their insecurities on you. Remember these are nerds looking at the popular table.’ 

Cardi B also shared screen grabs documenting the early success of Rumors while adding that ‘body shaming and callin her mammy is mean & racist as f***. 

Double trouble: In the ancient Greek-themed video, which premiered Friday, Lizzo and Cardi B reunited since their last work on the 2019 hit film Hustlers

Double trouble: In the ancient Greek-themed video, which premiered Friday, Lizzo and Cardi B reunited since their last work on the 2019 hit film Hustlers

Cardi B took to Twitter to defend her musical peer against the torrent of hateful tweets

Cardi B took to Twitter to defend her musical peer against the torrent of hateful tweets 

 ‘Rumors is doing great,’ she said. ‘Stop trying to say the song is flopping to dismiss a woman emotions on bullying or acting like they need sympathy. The song is top 10 on all platforms.’

Jameela Jamil also chimed in, expressing her disgust over the nasty social media communications Lizzo has had to contend with in the wake of the song’s release.

‘Lizzo makes a song about people spending energy trying to bring women down,’ Jamil said. ‘Twitter erupts in abuse about her talent and mostly her appearance, and then she cries on IG live while addressing how damaging this culture is, and she gets made fun of for crying. This is so f****d up.

Jameela Jamil also chimed in, expressing her disgust over the nasty social media communications Lizzo has had to contend with in the wake of the song's release

Jameela Jamil also chimed in, expressing her disgust over the nasty social media communications Lizzo has had to contend with in the wake of the song’s release

Chloe credited Lizzo for inspiring her with her candor

Chloe credited Lizzo for inspiring her with her candor  

She continued: ‘This app has spawned, encouraged and celebrated the most depraved, dehumanized and depressing side of human beings. It’s not FUNNY that you’re hurting some innocent cheerful musician’s mental health. It’s not going to take back the pain of whatever your school bullies did to you.

‘When you pile onto and Enjoy the pain of a Black woman who literally only tries to uplift other people, while NOT spending your time piling onto and going after actual abusers and predators… it doesn’t make you cool. It highlights what a useless, irrelevant, vicious pig you are.’ 



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