Update (August 16, 2021): Lizzo’s celebrity friends have come to her defense after the singer posted an emotional video on Instagram responding to online abuse on Sunday, Entertainment Weekly reports.
After releasing their hit song "Rumors" together, Cardi B took to Twitter to share some encouraging words for the singer.
"When you stand up for yourself they claim your problematic & sensitive. 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 wrote.
Lizzo also shared a note she received from Missy Elliott.
"Once every few decades, someone breaks the mold. And you are one of those people,” Elliot wrote. “Continue to shine and be blessed through your next journey."
Chloe Bailey also penned Lizzo some inspiring words, telling her how proud she is of all of her accomplishments.
"I’m so proud of you @lizzo people are gonna talk, but you have power in your voice. thank you for inspiring me,” her tweet read.
i’m so proud of you @lizzo people are gonna talk, but you have power in your voice. thank you for inspiring me ❤️????
— Chlöe (@ChloeBailey) August 15, 2021
Lizzo went on Instagram Live and responded to the attacks she’s been enduring.
"I'm not making music for anybody. I'm a Black woman making music," she said in the post. "I make Black music, period. I'm not serving anyone but myself. Everyone is invited to a Lizzo show, to a Lizzo song."
"What I won't accept is y'all doing this to Black women over and over and over again, especially us big Black girls," she continued. "When we don't fit into the box that you want to put us in, you just unleash hatred onto us. It's not cool."
Original (August 16, 2021): Lizzo was seen in an emotional video on her Instagram, responding to online attacks that followed the release of her "Rumors" music video with Cardi B.
During the video, Lizzo was filled with emotion after receiving an onslaught of negative attacks just days after releasing her latest single.
"On the days I feel I should be the happiest…. I feel so down," a tearful Lizzo said. "Like, I hurt so hard."
this broke my heart y'all need to leave Lizzo alone she literally doesn't do sht to anyone wtf pic.twitter.com/oo7k8449LL
— CARDITOWN ➹ (@CARDIxTOWN) August 15, 2021
Although Lizzo didn’t reveal the details about the messages she received saying, "I'm not even going to say them, to give them power,” she did suggest that her appearance was being targeted.
"People saying s**t about me that just doesn't even make sense,” she continued. "It's fat-phobic, and 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."
Lizzo expressed her frustration with being the subject of so much hate when all she wants to do is to use her artistry as a change agent.
“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,” she said. “ 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."
Standing in solidarity, Cardi B shared the video on Twitter, expressing her admiration for Lizzo.
“When you stand up for yourself they claim you’re problematic & sensitive,” she wrote in a tweet. “When you don’t, they tear you apart until you crying like this. Whether you skinny, big, plastic. Remember these are nerds looking at the popular table.”
When you stand up for yourself they claim your problematic & sensitive.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. https://t.co/jE5eJw8XP6
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 15, 2021
As Blavity previously reported, the Grammy award-winner released her latest track “Rumors” on Friday that features fellow superstar Cardi B. Throughout the song, Lizzo addressed all of the trolls and critics who’ve been attaching her name to rumors about her figure, diet and love life.
Lizzo said that she’s not going to focus on the negativity that's directed towards her anymore and she plans to keep living her life to the fullest.
"I'm only going to focus on positive comments from here on out," she said. "I don't have time for your negativity, your internalized self-hatred that you protect onto me with your racism and your 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 b***h. "