Lizzo just shared her two cents on body positivity and shaming—and points were made.
Following the release of her new single, “Rumors,” featuring Cardi B last week, Lizzo appeared on Apple Music’s The Zane Lowe Show to discuss the collaboration. She also opened up the conversation to the topic of body image, saying, “We got a long way to go” before full inclusivity is reached within the music industry and elsewhere.
“I feel like [being] fat is the worst thing people can say about me at this point,” she shared. “This is the biggest insecurity. It’s like, ‘How dare a pop star be fat?’ I had to own that.” She added, “I feel like other people who were put on that pedestal, or who become pop stars, probably have other insecurities or have other flaws, but they can hide it behind a veneer of being sexy and being marketable.”
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She continued, “There’s still so many people who suffer from being marginalised systemically. Meanwhile, there’s a plus-size Black girl at the Grammys. But plus-size Black women are still not getting the treatment they deserve in hospitals and from doctors and at work.”
On Sunday, the “Rumors” singer got emotional on Instagram Live after being subjected to rude comments made about her appearance. “People saying shit about me that just doesn’t even make sense. It’s fat-phobic, and it’s racist, and it’s hurtful,” Lizzo shared. “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.”
She also said, “It’s like it doesn’t matter how much positive energy you put into the world, you’re still going to have people who have … something mean to say about you. And for the most part, it doesn’t hurt my feelings—I don’t care. I just think when I’m working this hard, my tolerance gets lower. My patience is lower. I’m more sensitive, and it gets to me.”
The singer later added, “I’m only going to focus on positive comments from here on out. I don’t have time for your negativity, your internalised self-hatred that you project onto me with your racism and fat phobia. I don’t have time for it. Anyways, I’m going to continue to be me. I’m going to continue to be a bad bitch.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.