Lizzo Clarifies Her 'I QUIT' Announcement

'What I'm not gonna quit is the joy of my life, which is making music'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2024 5:22 PM CDT
Updated Apr 3, 2024 2:31 PM CDT
Lizzo Says She 'Quits'
Lizzo performs on the Orange Stage during the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, Saturday, July 1, 2023.   (Helle Arensbak/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
UPDATE Apr 3, 2024 2:31 PM CDT

Lizzo on Tuesday clarified that her "I QUIT" declaration wasn't a reference to the music industry or social media, where she wrote those two words. Rather, "When I say 'I quit', I mean I quit giving any negative energy attention," she says in a follow-up video posted to Instagram. Lizzo elaborates: "What I'm not gonna quit is the joy of my life, which is making music, which is connecting to people, because I know I'm not alone. In no way shape or form am I the only person who is experiencing that negative voice that seems to be louder than the positive."

Mar 30, 2024 5:22 PM CDT

"I QUIT," Lizzo declared in an Instagram post Friday, saying she is "getting tired of putting up with being dragged by everyone in my life and on the internet." It's not clear whether the singer was talking about quitting the music industry or just social media, the BBC reports, but the post came a day after she was criticized for performing at a fundraiser for President Biden while a sexual harassment lawsuit from former dancers is pending. A lawyer for the dancers said it was "shameful" that she had been booked for the New York City event.

  • "All I want is to make music and make people happy and help the world be a little better than how I found it," Lizzo wrote. "But I'm starting to feel like the world doesn't want me in it."

  • "i'm constantly up against lies being told about me for clout & views," Lizzo wrote, saying she was tired of "being the butt of the joke every single time because of how I look" and having her "character being picked apart by people who don't know me and disrespecting my name." She concluded: "I didn't sign up for this s---."
  • Lizzo has denied accusations of harassment and creating a toxic workplace, Rolling Stone reports. "I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be," she said last fall. "There is nothing I take more seriously than the respect we deserve as women in the world."
  • Other stars expressed support for Lizzo in comments on the Instagram post, the BBC reports. "We love you queen," wrote Paris Hilton.
(More Lizzo stories.)

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