‘She has thrown these tantrums before’. The legal conversation happening around Lizzo’s ‘I quit’ statement.

So what exactly is happening behind the scenes? Ugh, a lot.

From Lizzo’s first step into the music scene, she’s been the subject of fat-shaming and online ridicule. After being positioned as the queen of the body-positivity movement (a title she never asked for), Lizzo became vulnerable to an especially heinous fringe of the internet (*cough* men *cough*) dedicated to trolling confident women who weren’t conventionally thin. 

In the resignation post, Lizzo noted how she was tired of “being dragged by everyone in my life and on the internet” and being the “butt of the joke” about her looks.

Lizzo has largely grinned and bared the criticism, continuing to make chart-topping music, has won four Grammy awards, and embarked on an international tour last year. 

But in the last few months, Lizzo faced a different level of public scrutiny. 

In August 2023, she was struck with a lawsuit filed by three of her former dancers for fostering a hostile work environment. In the lawsuit, ex-dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez claimed Lizzo, her production company, and her dance captain had subjected them to alleged sexual harassment, racial discrimination and weight-shaming. 

At the time, Lizzo released a statement to deny the dancers’ claims as ‘outrageous’.

“I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days,” Lizzo wrote. “I am very open with my sexuality and expressing myself but I cannot accept or allow people to use that openness to make me out to be something I am not.”