Famed fitness trainer Jillian Michaels retracts statements she made about Lizzo’s weight last year.
The former Biggest Loser trainer, 47, found herself in hot water after accusing people of “ celebrating ” Lizzo’s body, suggesting she could “ get diabetes, ” speaking to BuzzFeed’s AM2DM in January 2020.
But now, Michaels says she was “ wrong ” in lumping Lizzo into the weight dialogue, even though she insisted on statements she made about obesity as “ unhealthy ” and not something people would “ celebrate. ”
Backtracking: Celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels, 47, says she was ‘wrong’ for making comments about Lizzo’s weight, but insisted people shouldn’t be celebrating ‘obesity’ on the Carlos Watson show
Harsh statements: ‘Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? … Because it won’t be great if she gets diabetes, ” Michaels said in conversation with BuzzFeed News
In a recent appearance on the Carlos Watson Show, Michaels said she wished she could have ‘parted’ Lizzo from the conversation, while claiming she had never ‘raised’ her at all.
“I’ve never raised her once – I’d like to make that clear – she was raised by me and I would separate her from the issue if possible,” she told Watson regretfully.
The first time I was asked, I should have said, ‘Let’s separate a person from a health conversation’ – and I really went wrong with that, ‘she added.
But Michaels continued to respond ambiguously to comments she made about obesity as “unhealthy.”
Lifestyle: Despite being on the curvaceous side, Lizzo often exercises and maintains a vegan diet
Become owner: Michaels said, “ The first time I was asked, I should have said, ‘Let’s separate a person from a health conversation’ – and I really went wrong with that ”
Transformation: In a TikTok video, Lizzo wrote, ‘The best transformations are the ones only you can see’
‘That’s literally the only place I’ll tell you I’ve gone wrong when the conversation is about celebrating obesity,’ she said, adding, ‘Obesity is just unhealthy. That is it.’
And she kept saying that as an “expert” on fitness and health, she had a “responsibility” to “tell the truth” regardless of the opinions of others.
“When you’re an expert in a category, you have a responsibility to tell the truth – whether that makes you popular or not.”
Michaels first caused a stir after speaking out about people praising full-fledged women, such as the Cuz I Love You singer and model Ashley Graham.
Lighting the Fire: Michaels first caused a stir after criticizing people praising full-fledged women like the Cuz I Love You singer and model Ashley Graham
Defensive: After coming under fire, Michaels released a statement to her Instagram
Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? ”, She said. “Because it won’t be great if she gets diabetes,” Michaels explained.
After the interview went viral, celebrities and fans came to the Grammy winner’s defense.
“She’s who she is … and if you don’t get it, you don’t get it,” Whoopi Goldberg said in The View. ‘I love that she’s a big woman. I love that she is and that she has no qualms about wearing whatever she wants to wear and that she’s comfortable. ‘
And after stepping back from social media for a moment and processing Michaels’ comments, Lizzo shared a mantra on Instagram.
Mantra: ‘This is my life. I haven’t done anything wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong. I deserve to be happy, ”she posted in response to Michaels’ criticism
‘This is my life. I haven’t done anything wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong. I deserve to be happy, ‘she posted.
That same day, Michaels’ posted a statement to Instagram where she tried to clarify her comments, while doubling down on the “ health consequences’ ‘of obesity.
“As I have said repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy and equally deserving,” she wrote. “I also have a strong sense that we love ourselves enough to recognize that obesity has serious health consequences – heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name a few. I would never wish these for ANYONE and I hope we prioritize our health because we love ourselves and our bodies. ‘
Despite submitting herself to social media trolls, Lizzo has unashamedly continued to live, regularly taking to her various platforms to share videos of her workouts and showcase her vegan meals.
On her terms: Despite criticism from trolls on social media, Lizzo has unabashedly continued to live and inspire her fans
Working it: The Cuz I Love You singer often takes to social media to show off her body, urging others to live unabashedly
And on Friday, she shared a TikTok of her workout, showing her progress during regular in-person training sessions. “The best transformations are the ones only you can see,” she wrote.
After making lifestyle changes, the singer revealed that she had lost 50 pounds, but also caused a backlash for promoting a 10-day smoothie detox, prompting her to open up about it on social media.
‘I am so proud of myself, I am proud of my results, my sleep has improved, my hydration, my inner peace, my mental stability, my fucking body, my fucking skin, the whites of my eyes.
‘I feel and look like a bad bitch, and I think that’s it. I’m a big girl doing a smoothie detox, and I wanted to share that with you guys. I got out exactly what I wanted, and every big girl should do what they want with their bodies. ‘
Live Her Life: After dealing with a 10-day smoothie detox, Lizzo persisted to her fans, ‘Every big girl has to do what they want with their body’