Lizzo Reveals: I Was NOT Happy With The Way I Felt To My Body, I Didn’t Feel Sexy & I Didn’t Know When It Was Going To End
Who else would have fit the bill for Time Magazine’s annual “Entertainer Of The Year” title other than chart-topping singer, Lizzo? With songs on almost every commercial on cable television and shocking body-positivity, Minnesota-bred Lizzo has been on the lips of music executives and fans alike for the majority of the year. In her “Entertainer Of The Year”-crowning interview, she describes the source of her positivity and her surprising professional aspiration.
Lizzo revealed that fame wasn’t the ultimate goal when she started her pursuit of being a professional singer:
“I didn’t want to be famous. I wanted to be like Brandon Boyd from Incubus! I just want to go to the farmers’ market.”
“I think it’s healthy to have a relationship with your naked body, even if no one ever sees it. But I’ve always felt the need to share it.”
The perfect example of her appreciation of her body would be this week’s headline in Lizzo-related outrage: her booty-bearing Laker game ensemble.
When it comes to self-confidence and positivity, Lizzo says she isn’t new to this; she’s true to this:
“I’ve been doing positive music for a long-a** time. Then the culture changed. There were a lot of things that weren’t popular but existed, like body positivity, which at first was a form of protest for fat bodies and black women and has now become a trendy, commercialized thing. Now I’ve seen it reach the mainstream. Suddenly I’m mainstream!”
She described a time where she didn’t feel like the bubbly personality we know now, and it was shockingly recent:
“From March to…now! I was experiencing a little bit of unhappiness. I was not happy with the way I felt to my body. I didn’t feel sexy, and I didn’t know when it was going to end. There were times when I would go onstage and be like, ‘Y’all, I’m not going to lie. I’m not feeling myself.’ Sometimes I’d break down and cry. Sometimes the audience would just cheer to make me feel better. I was getting sick a lot. I was like, What the f*ck is going on? I need to fall back in love with my body.”
The “Truth Hurts” singer says she doesn’t let criticism of her craft, like the social media-imposed Lizzo vs Ari Lennox debacle, overwhelm her.
“I have to bite my tongue on certain things. When people challenge my talent, they challenge whether I deserve to be here. They challenge my blackness. I’m like, ‘Oh! I can easily just let your a** know right now in 132 characters why you’re f*cking wrong.’”
Written by Miata Shanay