Fitness expert Jillian Michaels has defended herself after sparking a huge backlash from Lizzo’s fans when she criticized the Truth Hurts singer’s curvy physique in an interview.
The Biggest Loser star sparked fury among the music star’s fanbase during an interview on Buzzfeed’s AM to DM series, when she said that while she’s happy people are celebrating Lizzo’s music, they shouldn’t be doing the same with her curves.
“Why are we celebrating her body?” she mused. “Why does it matter? That’s what I’m saying. Like why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes.
“I’m just being honest. I love her music, my kid loves her music, but there’s never a moment when I’m like, ‘I’m so glad she’s overweight.’ Why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?”
Later in the chat, Jillian said that she doesn’t think it’s right to “glorify obesity”.
“You cannot glorify obesity,” she insisted. “It’s dangerous. It kills people.”
Her remarks prompted an angry response from Lizzo’s followers, one of whom labeled Jillian a “fat-phobic hypocrite”, and led to the personal trainer taking to her Twitter page on Wednesday afternoon (January 8, 2020) to issue a response.
“As I’ve stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy and equally deserving. I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity – heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few,” she wrote. “I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies.”
Lizzo has yet to comment on the row.