Lizzo recently caught flak online for her outfit and behavior at a recent Lakers-Timberwolves game, but she's not letting it get her down. She already responded on her Instagram, and now she's stopped by CBS This Morning to talk about her success while also addressing her critics.
Asked if she's been listening to the criticism, she said, "Not really, I stay in my own positive bubble." She reiterated her earlier comments, choosing not to let the backlash get to her. "Well it's their opinion, so I mean, it's not for me to really ingest," she continued. "It's for them to express and for me to choose to listen to or not." Asked if her viral moment was spontaneous or not, she confirmed it was.
"I think no one would have ever saw what I was wearing, like the back of it, if I didn't get up and dance," she said. "The Lakers girls came up to me and said, 'We're so excited that you're here, we wanna perform one of your songs for you.' And I remember, I was sitting there with my manager and my friend, and they were like, you should get up and dance. They're doing this for you.' I was like, 'All right.' I got up and did what I always do."
Host Gayle King asked if she forget that her "butt was out" before she got up to join the Lakers girls. "Well, I had on layers down there. So it wasn't just, you know, flesh to seat," she said. "But yeah. It was out. It be out. [...] You know how long it's took me to fall in love with this body? My butt was my least favorite thing about myself, and I learned to love it. And that was the thing everybody can't stop talking about."
Making it clear that the critics do not bother her, she added, "Be you, do you. Don't let anybody steal your joy. Especially not the internet." It wasn't all criticism leveled at her, however, as the Houston Rockets invited Lizzo to join the team's Clutch City Dancers in the future. "You have an open invite to come home to Houston and dance," the team tweeted.
Lizzo immediately voiced her enthusiasm for the idea. "I'll be there w/ bells on my booty," she tweeted.
Even Tommy Hilfiger is a fan of Lizzo's distinctive style. "Lizzo! I love her," he told TMZ when asked who he would like to work with in the future. Additionally, he said her outfit at the game was "very cool," and that he thinks she's "a star."
And for those who were calling for a ban on Lizzo visiting the Staples Center following the incident: it's not happening. Lee Zeidman, the president of Staples Center, Microsoft Theater, and L.A. Live, told Billboard, "She is not banned from the Staples Center and is welcome here anytime."
He added: "It's ridiculous that these rumors get started and that people write these types of things without making any attempt to find out the truth. It's very lazy and disrespectful."