Lizzo Clarifies What, Exactly, She’s Quitting After Cryptic Instagram Post Five Days Ago

Is it music? Social media? Entrepreneurial ventures? Actually, none of the above.

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On Friday Lizzo had fans a little concerned when she cryptically posted a lengthy message on her Instagram page that concluded with “I didn’t sign up for this shit—I quit.” Okay, but quit what, exactly? Instagram? Social media? Music? Entrepreneurial ventures? The ambiguity loomed large.

Thankfully—and as we all should—Lizzo is quitting “negative energy,” and not any of the above, Entertainment Weekly reports. In a followup video shared to her 12.1 million Instagram followers yesterday, Lizzo clarified and set the record straight, saying “I wanted to make this video because I just need to clarify when I say, ‘I quit,’ I mean I quit giving any negative energy attention,” she said. “What I’m not gonna quit is the joy of my life, which is making music, which is connecting to people, because I know I’m not alone. In no way, shape, or form am I the only person experiencing that negative voice that seems to be louder than the positive. If I can just give one person the inspiration or motivation to stand up for themselves and say they quit letting negative people win, negative comments win, then I’ve done even more than I could’ve hoped for.”

She added “With that being said, I’m gonna keep moving forward. I’m gonna keep being me.”

Lizzo’s original “I quit” post was shared amid several lawsuits filed against her last year. Three of the singer’s backup dancers accused her of creating a hostile work environment; Lizzo denied the allegations and filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit late last year, but a judge is allowing the case to proceed to trial.

In November, Lizzo explained to fans in another vulnerable Instagram post that she was taking time to focus on herself as the chaos raged: “Hi,” she wrote. “I’m working.. on music, myself, relationships with people and food, my anxiety, my body, my business, and my trust issues with the world.. but they are deep now, deeper than they’ve ever been. Xoxo.” 

Lizzo at Mr. Chow

It has been a rough season for Lizzo, who is embroiled in a lawsuit that a judge ruled will go to trial.

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In yesterday’s video, Lizzo said she felt “the love” from her fans and thanked them for it. “It means more than you know,” she concluded.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.