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Lizzo Shares "I Quit" Message on Social Media Amidst Legal Troubles: "Didn't Sign Up for This"

Sat 30 Mar 2024 | 10:18 AM
Yara Sameh

Singer-songwriter Lizzo is done with trolls and haters. 

“I’m getting tired of putting up with being dragged by everyone in my life and on the internet,” the Emmy- and Grammy-winning artist wrote in an emotionally driven statement shared Friday on Instagram. “All I want is to make music and make people happy and help the world be a little better than how I found it. But I’m starting to feel like the world doesn’t want me in it.”

The 35-year-old pop star continued by stating that she constantly finds herself up against “lies being told about me for clout and views,” being the butt of the joke “every single time because of how I look” and having her character picked apart by strangers. 

She closed her emotional post with the words, “I quit” and a peace sign.  It is unclear if she meant she was quitting Instagram or social media, though she only shared the photo there and not on social media platforms X or TikTok, or perhaps was she done with her music career.

Friday’s announcement comes hours after Lizzo faced criticism for performing at a star-studded fundraiser for President Joe Biden that featured Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in conversation with Biden and Stephen Colbert, as well as appearances by  Queen Latifah, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Lea Michele, and Mindy Kaling at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The event raised $26 million. 

Attorneys for Lizzo’s former dancers, who have accused her of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances, blasted her participation in the event. “

It’s shameful that Lizzo would be chosen to headline an event like this amid such egregious allegations,” attorney Ron Zambrano told NewsNation. “Without getting into the politics, I can’t imagine why anyone would want Lizzo representing them in any way, given her reprehensible behavior. It’s just a terrible look.”

Last August, several of her tour dancers filed a lawsuit against the artist, alleging that they were sexually harassed and victims of a hostile workplace environment. 

The suit is now on hold while Lizzo appealed a ruling that allowed the case to move forward. For her part, Lizzo has denied any wrongdoing.

Shortly after the suit was filed, she took to Instagram to deny the allegations, saying: “I am not here to be looked at as a victim, but I also know that I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days. There is nothing I take more seriously than the respect we deserve as women in the world. These sensationalized stories are coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted that they were told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional.”

A month later, Lizzo hit the stage at The Beverly Hilton to accept the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at the Black Music Action Coalition gala. 

She’s made other high-profile appearances in the months since. She turned up to present an award at February’s Grammy Awards, flew to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl, and attended Vanity Fair‘s star-studded post-Oscars party in Beverly Hills.