Lizzo tears up as she recalls ‘racist’ and ‘fatphobic’ comments on her Cardi B collaboration Rumors

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Lizzo was overcome with emotion during an appearance on GMA on Wednesday as she revealed how hurtful ‘racist’ and ‘fatphobic’ comments were that she received after releasing her collaborative single Rumors.

The track, which also features Cardi B, earned the 33-year-old singer and rapper a wave of vitriolic comments on social media. 

‘I don’t mind critiques about me — my music,’ she said on the morning show. ‘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.’

Hurtful: Lizzo, 33, got emotional on Wednesday on GMA while discussing the ‘racist’ and ‘fatphobic’ comments she received after her raunchy Cardi B collaborative single Rumors

Rumors had been viewed on YouTube nearly 15 million times as of Wednesday morning, but the barrage of insulting comments was too much for Lizzo, who broke down in a tearful Instagram video about the criticism on Monday.

‘It’s like it doesn’t matter how much positive energy you put into the world, you’re going to have people who have something, something mean to say about you,’ she said in her short video. ‘It’s fatphobic, it’s racist and it’s hurtful.’

On GMA, the rapper (born Melissa Jefferson) said she thought it was more important to call out the unacceptable language than to try to stay above the fray. 

‘People are like, “Don’t let ‘em see you with your head down,”‘ she recounted. ‘My head is always up. 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 s*** should not fly. It shouldn’t be OK.’

It's a hit: Rumors had been viewed on YouTube nearly 15 million times as of Wednesday morning

It’s a hit: Rumors had been viewed on YouTube nearly 15 million times as of Wednesday morning

Overwhelmed: But the barrage of insulting comments was too much for Lizzo, who broke down in a tearful Instagram video about the criticism

Overwhelmed: But the barrage of insulting comments was too much for Lizzo, who broke down in a tearful Instagram video about the criticism 

Fighting back: 'People are like, "Don’t let ‘em see you with your head down,"' she recounted. 'My head is always up. 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 s*** should not fly. It shouldn’t be OK'

Fighting back: ‘People are like, “Don’t let ‘em see you with your head down,”‘ she recounted. ‘My head is always up. 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 s*** should not fly. It shouldn’t be OK’

Lizzo also said it was ‘unfortunate’ how Black women in the entertainment industry ‘suffer from the marginalization the most and the erasure the most.’

‘If it weren’t for the internet, if it weren’t for social media, I could have been erased,’ she mused. ‘But I chose to be undeniable, and I chose to be loud and I chose to be great.

‘And I’m still here. It’s difficult.’

As hard as it could be for her to be a public figure, Lizzo added that she felt as if she had a calling.

‘God doesn’t give me anything I cannot handle,’ she said. ‘And God also gave me the gift to be fearless in my vulnerability, to help inspire people. I don’t ever mean to alarm someone. People just need to know I’ve got this.’

Standing out: 'If it weren't for the internet, if it weren't for social media, I could have been erased,' she mused. 'But I chose to be undeniable, and I chose to be loud and I chose to be great'

Standing out: ‘If it weren’t for the internet, if it weren’t for social media, I could have been erased,’ she mused. ‘But I chose to be undeniable, and I chose to be loud and I chose to be great’

It takes time: Lizzo concluded by urging her fans to stick with self-love even if they don't always feel confident in themselves. 'Just remember that self-love is a journey'

It takes time: Lizzo concluded by urging her fans to stick with self-love even if they don’t always feel confident in themselves. ‘Just remember that self-love is a journey’

Lizzo concluded by urging her fans to stick with self-love even if they don’t always feel confident in themselves.

‘Just remember that self-love is a journey. It doesn’t happen miraculously one day,’ she said. ‘It did not happen for me. There are gonna be beautiful days where you’re lookin’ in the mirror-like, ooh, and then there’s days where you’re like, unh-uh. But all of those days is an opportunity to love yourself.’

Lizzo and Cardi’s single Rumors appears to be the lead single on Lizzo’s upcoming studio album and marks the first time the two women have collaborated.

The two were dressed as glamorous gold-clad Greek goddess in the video for the sexually explicit song, which was released last week.

Lending a hand: After Lizzo broke down in tears on Instagram over the hateful comments she had received for the video, Cardi came to her friend's defense on Twitter; still from Rumors

Lending a hand: After Lizzo broke down in tears on Instagram over the hateful comments she had received for the video, Cardi came to her friend’s defense on Twitter; still from Rumors

After Lizzo broke down in tears on Instagram over the hateful comments she had received for the video, Cardi came to her friend’s defense on Twitter.

The rapper, 28, retweeted an excerpt of Lizzo breaking down on Sunday, adding: ‘When you stand up for yourself they claim your problematic & sensitive.’  

She continued: ‘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,’ adding, ‘Remember these are nerds looking at the popular table.’

Has her back: The rapper, 28, retweeted an excerpt of Lizzo breaking down, adding: 'When you stand up for yourself they claim your problematic & sensitive'

Has her back: The rapper, 28, retweeted an excerpt of Lizzo breaking down, adding: ‘When you stand up for yourself they claim your problematic & sensitive’

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