Lizzo opens up about the downside of fame

Sarah Ilston
·3-min read
Photo credit: Aaron J. Thornton - Getty Images
Photo credit: Aaron J. Thornton - Getty Images

From Red Online

Lizzo has opened up about the unspoken challenges of being famous and how her mental health has been affected by being in the limelight.

In a recent post to video-sharing platform TikTok, the Good as Hell singer addressed the importance of speaking up when you're suffering - which is something she's grappled with in the past - and how being famous can exacerbate these issues.

Starting off the video by telling her 11.3m followers, that you can be 'the coolest, most richest person ever and it doesn't buy you f**king happiness. Money doesn’t buy you happiness.'

She goes on to say that: 'Fame only puts a magnifying glass on the sh*t that you already have. And if that sh*t is f**ked up, you're just going to have even more magnified.' She explained that feeling like you're struggling when you're famous is difficult, because you're in daily situations where those feelings don't seem valid - and you then feel ungrateful for feeling that way in the first place.

'I’m just telling everyone now, anyone who has internal issues or has like, any type of self problems that they need to work out, work out now—because money, fame, or success, or even getting older doesn't really fix that sh*t,' she continued, getting more emotional as the video goes on.

'You need to just, like, do it. Do the inner work, do the inner work, because no matter where you are it's always going to haunt you like a f**king ghost. And I'm working on it too but today is just not a good day. And I just want everybody to know that it’s OK to not have a good day even when it seems like you should.'

It's only been recently that the 32 year-old star has been able to open up about her mental health struggles, telling Elle last year that the process has changed her life.

'I was the worst communicator, emotionally, when I was younger,' she admitted. 'I would stop talking to my family; I would stop talking to my friends. I would go deeper and deeper into that dark place, and the deeper I went, the harder it was to reach out of it.'

Describing learning to reach out for help as 'revolutionary,' she said doing this made her realise that people 'truly care about you' and are there to help.

'Being in those places is inevitable for me; I’m going to end up there again,' she continued. 'But the fact that I’m prepared now to go to those places—and I have a toolbox, and I know I can pull myself out—is really helpful to me in my mental health journey.'

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