Jillian Michaels Regrets Criticizing Lizzo’s Weight, Says She Was Wrong

Jillian Michaels Regrets Criticizing Lizzo’s Weight, Says She Was Wrong

Jillian Michaels has come forward to say she was “wrong” for bringing up artist Lizzo’s weight in a conversation.

“This poor woman — every single time I do an interview, her name comes up. She must want to die,” the 47-year-old fitness trainer said this week on The Carlos Watson Show when asked about the drama. “I have never once actually brought her up, I would like to make that clear. She has been brought up to me, and I would like to separate her from the issue, if at all possible. And I should have done that the first time I was asked. I should have said, ‘Let’s separate an individual from a conversation about health.’ And that is where I genuinely went wrong.”

During a January 2020 interview with BuzzFeed, the subject was brought up on its morning show AM to DM. Michaels chose to slam the plus-size artist’s pride.

The interviewer said she admired celebrity artists’—who have been categorized as plus-size—positivity of their bodies, it was Michaels who chose to say, “Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes.”

“I’m just being honest,” continued Michaels. “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?”
Social media users slammer Michaels, who was a former trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Many saw her comments as fat shaming.

Even Lizzo appeared to indirectly respond by saying, “This is my life. I have done nothing wrong,” she wrote. “I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong in the first place. I deserve to be happy.”

Michaels later sent out a tweet that read: 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. I would never wish these for ANYONE, and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies.”

“If the conversation is about celebrating obesity, I would tell you that we need to celebrate individuals,” Michaels told Watson. “We shouldn’t celebrate somebody because they’re big. We shouldn’t celebrate somebody because they’re small. We should celebrate somebody because of the quality of their character.”

“Obesity is just unhealthy — that’s it,” she said. “And it has no merit on the quality of the human. They’re not connected. They’re two totally separate issues. So the fact that these things have become interwoven in some bizarre, politically correct alternate universe is an absolute shame. Because we’re not doing anyone any favors.”

According to Yahoo News, Michaels, who has a black belt in Muay Thai and runs a fitness empire added, “When you’re an expert in a category, you have a responsibility, to tell the truth, whether it makes you popular or not.”

About Crystal Gross

Crystal joined BallerAlert in 2020 to renew her passion for writing. She is a Kentucky native who now lives in the heart of Atlanta. She enjoys reading, politics, traveling, and of course writing.

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