Following the release of Lizzo and Cardi B’s “Rumors”, Lizzo opened up in a tearful video Sunday about the abuse she has received following her latest single.
Talking to fans via a 13-minute Instagram Live post, which is now on YouTube, the Grammy winner battled back tears as she detailed racist and sexist attacks that made her “hurt so hard.”
“On the days when I should feel the happiest, it just … I feel so down,” the “Juice” rapper said while tearing up. “Sometimes I feel like the world just don’t love me back. It’s like it doesn’t matter how much positive energy you put into the world, you’re still gonna have people who have something mean to say about you.”
Lizzo then went on to explain that while she avoids paying attention to hate comments, she has been so engrossed in work that she doesn’t have enough time with family or friends and was feeling down.
“I just think when I’m working this hard, my tolerance gets lower, my patience gets lower, and I’m more sensitive. I just feel like I’m seeing negativity directed toward me in the most weirdest way. People are saying s–t about me that just doesn’t even make sense,” she said.
While Lizzo didn’t quote direct negative remarks from haters, she mentioned “fat phobic,” “racist,” and “hurtful” comments that have disturbed her.
“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 that I look,” the Hustlers actress said. “I make music that I like, that’s important to me. And I make music that I hope helps people, period. I’m not making music for white people, I’m not making music for anybody. I’m a Black woman making music. I make Black music, period. I’m not serving anyone but myself. Everyone is invited to a Lizzo show, to a Lizzo song, to this good energy.”‘
She also took to Twitter following the remarks to add, “Loving yourself in a world that don’t love u back takes an incredible amount of self awareness & a bulls–t detector that can see through ass backwards societal standards… If u managed to love yourself today I’m proud of u. If u haven’t, I’m still proud of u. This s–ts hard.”
Following her post, celebrities like Cardi B, Missy Elliott and Jameela Jamil rallied to her defense.
In support of her “Rumors” collaborator, Cardi tweeted : “When you stand up for yourself they claim your [sic] 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 also addressed critics of their new single claiming that the new song is “flopping.” “Rumors is doing great,” Cardi tweeted. “Stop trying to say the song is flopping to dismiss a womans [sic] emotions on bullying or acting like they need sympathy. The song is top 10 on all platforms. Body shaming and callin [sic] her mammy is mean & racist as f–k.”
Singer Chloe Bailey defended the three-time Grammy winner, tweeting, “I’m so proud of you @lizzo people are gonna talk, but you have power in your voice. thank you for inspiring me.”
Jamella Jamil added, “Lizzo makes a song about people spending energy trying to bring women down. 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—ed up.”