Lizzo says she wants to stay positive, despite negativity constantly being thrown her way.
In a Vanity Fair cover story released Tuesday, the “About Damn Time” singer responded to critics who focus more on her weight than her music.
The Grammy and Emmy-winning artist addressed a tearful video she posted in August 2021, two days after her “Rumors” collaboration with Cardi B was released. The video showed Lizzo on Instagram Live crying as she discussed how “racist” and “fatphobic” comments affect her.
There was one comment she said she found particularly hurtful, but she didn’t elaborate on the specific insult and now says she never will.
“Then people will know what really hurt me,” she told Vanity Fair. “People have been calling me fat my entire life, but that was the first time seeing an insult of how I looked, who I am, and my music wrapped into one, and it really hurt me. And if one person says it, then another person says it, it multiplies like a f–king virus. If enough people on the internet start echoing sentiments about you, it becomes part of your public persona and it’s out of your control.”
The singer and flute player added that she wants to be an inspiration to her fans who are also dealing with negativity.
“I know I’m not the only person who experiences extreme negativity thrown at them from the internet — there are people in high school right now who have a whole high school talking about them, and they don’t know how they’re going to get through it,” she said. “So if they can see me get through it on the level and the scale I’m experiencing it, maybe they’ll think they can get through it too.”
The Watch Out for the Big Grrrls star and executive producer added about her critics, “F–k them!”
“I lead a very healthy lifestyle — mentally, spiritually, I try to keep everything I put in my body super clean,” she said. “Health is something I prioritize, wherever that leads me physically. Like veganism, people were like, ‘You’re a vegan? What, are you deep frying the lettuce?’ I’m not a vegan to lose weight, I just feel better when I eat plants.”
The interview was done in July, before Kanye West launched an unprovoked attack on her last week.
While discussing his controversial “White Lives Matter” shirt on the Oct. 6 episode of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, West brought up Lizzo and called her weight “demonic.”
“When Lizzo loses 10 pounds and announces it, the bots … on Instagram, they attack her for losing weight because the media wants to put out a perception that being overweight is the new goal, when it’s actually unhealthy,” West said. “Let’s put aside whether it’s fashion, in vogue, which it’s not or if someone thinks it’s attractive, to each his own. It’s actually clinically unhealthy. And for people to promote that, it’s demonic.”
Despite having to deal with constant negativity, Lizzo told Vanity Fair she’s living her best life.
“Yeah, I do have fun, because if I’m not having fun right now, when am I going to be able to enjoy having a hot, rockin’ bod, being young, beautiful, and rich?” she said.