March 31, 2024

Lizzo quits music industry after performing at $25M Biden fundraiser

Given her noteworthy appearance at a celebrity-packed fundraiser held on behalf of President Joe Biden's re-election campaign last week, musician Lizzo should have been on top of the world, that appears to be far from the case.

As the Washington Examiner reports, almost immediately on the heels of her performance at the $25 million event in New York City on Thursday, Lizzo announced her decision to quit the music industry altogether.

Lizzo bows out

The well-known singer, known for her stances on body positivity and fat acceptance, took to Instagram to tell the world of the sudden end to her entertainment career.

“All I want is to make music and make people happy and help the world be a little better than how I found it,” she began.

She went on, “But I'm starting to fell like the world doesn't want me in it. I'm constantly up against lies being told about me for clout & views....being the butt of the joke every single time because of how I look....”

Lizzo went on to lament what she described as her “character being picked apart” by those who do not really know her and others “disrespecting” her name.

In a succinct end to her post that signified her intentions, she pop phenom wrote, “I didn't sign up for his s***. I QUIT.”

Harassment controversy lingers

Lizzo has made headlines in recent months not just for her racy on-stage fashions and larger-than-life persona, as she has also been the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former backup dancers, as Billboard reports.

The pop star has been accused of creating a hostile work environment for backup dancers in a range of different ways, including sexual harassment as well as racial and religious discrimination.

In February, a California judge denied the singer's attempt to have the case dismissed in full, allowing the matter to proceed to trial, a development that some suggest may have pushed her over the edge toward exiting the industry altogether.

Backlash grows

It was not clear whether Lizzo's declaration was spurred by anything particular that happened at the Biden event, but her appearance at the fundraiser did spark commentary that seemed to fit the sort of criticism she decried in her post and blamed for her decision.

As The Hill noted, an attorney for the backup dancers suing the singer said of the performance, “It's shameful that Lizzo would be chosen to headline an event like this amid such egregious allegations. 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.”

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