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Lizzo says she won’t give up music, which surprises no one

Lizzo isn’t giving up on music after all.

On Tuesday, the pop star said in a video post that she wasn’t ending her music career, even though she suggested last week that she might “call it quits” and turn out the lights for good.

“When I say ‘I quit,’ I mean I stop paying attention to negative energy,” Lizzo said in a video Tuesday, wearing an aqua swimsuit. “What I’m not going to give up is the joy of my life, the joy of making music that connects people.”

The clarification followed a cryptic statement she posted on Instagram, in which she wrote that she had “resigned” following negative comments and criticism online. It’s unclear what the singer’s statement was in response to, although she released it a day after performing at a fundraiser for President Biden in New York. Representatives for Lizzo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“All I want to do is make music, make people happy, and help the world be a little better than I found it,” she said in her post.

“But I’m starting to feel like the world doesn’t want me,” she said. “I am constantly faced with lies being told about me for my influence and opinions…I am the butt of the joke every time because of my appearance…my character is criticized by people who don’t know me and who do not respect my name.

“I didn’t sign up for this shit,” she finished. “I STOPPED.”

The statement immediately raised eyebrows among fans and social media users, who wondered if Lizzo was going to stop making music. Celebrities including Paris Hilton, Seth Green, and Loni Love shared their support for Lizzo in the comments section below the post.

“All of this. The internet is not real life. Protecting you. We love you,” Sophia Bush wrote.

“I know how it feels to feel like the world is against you,” commented Chrisette Michele. “Treat the pain, for as long as necessary. »

Lizzo made it clear Tuesday that she has no plans to stop making music and wants to put online criticism behind her and encourage others to do the same.

“That being said, I want to keep moving forward. I want to continue to be myself,” she said in the video, shared minutes before another video in which she promoted her swimwear line.

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Lizzo has been hot over the past few years, scoring multiple No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and winning a Grammy for Record of the Year last year. She’s even had a few acting roles, with appearances in the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian” and “Hustlers.”

But she also faced legal troubles that sparked a wave of criticism and backlash online. Three of Lizzo’s former dancers sued her in August, accusing her of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment, which she denied. A separate lawsuit filed last year by a former employee accused Lizzo of bullying, harassment and racial discrimination. She also denied these allegations.

As surprising as his departure may be, it’s not entirely uncommon for great musical artists to retire or give up their craft, even if they eventually come back. Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and Jay-Z have announced retirements and resignations from the industry, only to find their way back to recording booths and concert stages.

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