"I love her music. My kid loves her music. But there's never a moment when I'm like, 'And I'm so glad that she’s overweight,'" said Michaels in a recent interview.

By Faith Brar
January 09, 2020
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Jillian Michaels found herself in hot water after making some controversial comments about Lizzo during an interview with BuzzFeed's AM to DM show.

The star trainer was having a conversation with the show's host, Alex Berg, about celebrities who promote body positivity and self-acceptance. During their chat, Lizzo came up. Berg talked about how the "Truth Hurts" singer has been using her platform to speak out about body acceptance, mental health, and the importance of empowering women.

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In response, Michaels suggested that people focus on celebrating Lizzo's music, not her body. "Why are we celebrating her body?" said Michaels. "Why does it matter? That's what I'm saying. Like, why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna 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?"

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People on Twitter were quick to respond to Michaels' comments. Many people felt that she was being fatphobic and body-shaming Lizzo.

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"Her music is about positivity, personal acceptance, and celebration," wrote one Twitter user. "Part of that, especially as a plus-sized person in this culture, is rejecting the fatphobic hatred exemplified by Jillian Michaels. Jillian Michaels is not Lizzo's health care provider, so she shouldn't comment."

Others took issue with Michaels' comment about diabetes, pointing out that the illness isn't exclusively associated with being overweight. "Nick Jonas and Halle Berry both have diabetes," tweeted one person. "Fat does not equal diabetes."

Even actress and activist, Jameela Jamil chimed in: "Just saying... MY WHOLE DAMN THIN FAMILY HAS DIABETES AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND PROBLEMS WITH OUR JOINTS," she shared in a tweet. "Why is this woman acting like she's an MRI? Stop concern-trolling fat people and get in the bin."

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Following the backlash, Michaels shared a statement to both Twitter and Instagram to clarify her earlier comments.

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"As I've stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy, and equally deserving," read the statement. "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."

Lizzo hasn't directly responded to or addressed Michaels' comments. However, the singer took to Instagram yesterday to share a powerful, potentially cryptic message, urging her followers to take deep breaths and focus on "today's mantra".

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"Today's mantra is: This is my life. I have done nothing wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong in the first place. I deserve to be happy," shared Lizzo.

Regardless of whether or not you agree with Michaels' comments, it's undeniable that Lizzo has inspired people of all shapes, sizes, body types, and backgrounds to love and accept themselves. As Berg clarified in a later tweet about her conversation with Michaels, "Lizzo has been incredibly important in giving so many of us a possibility model for accepting our bodies as we are and celebrating bodies that are normally ridiculed."

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This article originally appeared on Shape.com

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