Lizzo has become a champion of body positivity thanks to her outspoken comments on fat acceptance, not to mention her provocative social media posts and song lyrics. The 33-year-old rapper, however, admitted to not always being as happy as she appears during a recent interview with Variety.
The “Truth Hurts” composer, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, was discussing how becoming famous hasn’t changed her life completely. For example, she still suffers from the same problems she had before becoming a household name.
“Fame happens to you,” Lizzo told the publication.
“It’s more of an observation of you. People become famous, and it’s like — my DNA didn’t change. Nothing changed about me,” she continued. “My anxiety didn’t go away. My depression didn’t go away. The things that I love didn’t go away. I’m still myself. But the way y’all look at me and perceive me has changed. It’s a very weird, kind of formless thing.”
The “Good as Hell” composer explained that she didn’t “want to seem ungrateful” but that the pitfalls of fame have come up during therapy appointments before.
“Most famous people have been famous just as long as they’ve been a person, so they have acclimated more to it. I was going into dive bars and getting s***faced in 2018. And nobody knew who I was, and nobody was bothering me. By 2019, I noticed I couldn’t go to restaurants with my dancers and stuff,” she went on.
Despite frequently acting like she doesn’t care what people think and having high self-esteem, this isn’t the first time Lizzo has admitted to being unhappy sometimes.
“I don’t mind critiques about me, my music. I don’t even mind the fat comments, you know. I just feel like it’s unfair sometimes, the treatment that people like me receive,” Lizzo said in an interview with Good Morning America last summer.
“People are like, ‘Don’t let ’em see you with your head down.’ My head is always up,” the singer continued. “Even when I’m upset and even when I’m crying, my head is up. But I know it’s my job as an artist to reflect at times, and this should not fly. This shouldn’t be okay.”
She reassured fans that she was always focused on positivity.
“God doesn’t give me anything I cannot handle, and God also gave me the gift to be fearless in my vulnerability, to help inspire people,” Lizzo said. “I don’t ever mean to alarm someone. People just need to know I’ve got this.”
Lizzo’s recent conversation with Variety was done to help promote her upcoming Amazon Prime series titled “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls,” which depicts the star’s search for plus-sized backup dancers.
The competition show will premiere on March 25 on Prime Video.
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