Lizzo took to TikTok on Sunday, December 13, to share she was doing a 10-day smoothie detox. The post immediately sparked backlash, with some saying the singer-rapper was promoting “fad diet culture.”
But Lizzo is addressing her critics head-on. She posted a video Monday night, December 14, explaining why she decided to do the detox.
“I did the 10-day smoothie detox,” she said on TikTok. “And, as you know, I would normally be so afraid and ashamed to post things like this online because I feel like, as a big girl, people just expect if you are doing something for health, you’re doing it for a dramatic weight loss. And that is not the case.”
She continued, “In reality, November stressed me the fuck out. I drank a lot. I ate a lot of spicy things and things that fucked my stomach up. And I wanted to reverse it and get back to where I was. I’m so proud of myself. I’m proud of my results. My sleep has improved. My hydration. My inner peace. My mental stability. My fuckin’ body. My fuckin’ skin. The whites of my eyes. I feel and look like a bad bitch. And I think that’s it.”
Lizzo added, “I’m a big girl who did a smoothie detox, and I wanted to share that with you guys. I got exactly what I wanted out of it, and every big girl should do whatever the fuck they want with their bodies.”
She continued this message in her caption, writing, “Big girls do whatever u want with your bodies!!! I’m just as proud of my results from my smoothie detox as I am of my belly curves and swerves.”
Lizzo has long been transparent about her body image. Earlier in December she opened up—also on TikTok—about having “negative thoughts” about her body.
“I came home and took my clothes off to take a shower, and I just started having all these really negative thoughts about myself, like, ‘What’s wrong with me? Maybe all the mean things people say about me are true. Why am I so disgusting?’ Hating my body,” she said.
She continued, “Normally, I would have some positive thing to say to get me out of this, but I don’t, and that’s okay too. I think these are normal [thoughts]. They happen to everybody. They happen to the best of us. We are the best of us. I just have to know tomorrow, how I feel in here is gonna change. I can only hope it changes for the better. I know I’m beautiful, I just don’t feel it. And I know I’m gonna get through it.”