Celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels has strong feelings aboutthat have landed her in hot water with the singer’s fans.
Speaking with TMZ just hours after issuing her first statement on the comments, Michaels again echoed her concern over the correlation between body weight and health issues, reminding her critics that she is a “health expert” and that she had not been devaluing Lizzo’s talents.
“I’m a health expert,” she told the outlet. “For decades I have said repeatedly that your weight and your size have no baring or merit on your value, your beauty, your worth, your ability. Where it does have relevance is your health, and to pretend that it doesn’t is not only irresponsible, it’s dangerous, and it’s just not a lie I’m willing to tell because it’s politically correct.”
Accusations of “fat-shaming” poured in on social media and the conversation prompted actress Jameela Jamil to admonish Michaels: “Why is This woman acting like she’s an MRI? Stop concern-trolling fat people and get in the bin,” Jamil tweeted.
“My overall point is that you take care of your health because you love yourself,” she continued. “That’s kind of the whole point, and that we should value people based on their skills and their abilities. It should be irrelevant what size they are; that’s up to them.”
“Her health is her business,” Michaels added. “But again, I am a health expert, people come to me, they ask me about health information. Obesity is the number one contributor to diabetes, heart disease, cancer. I wish that on absolutely no one.”
The drama currently surrounding Jillian Michaels also was sparked following a Wednesday appearance on BuzzFeed News’ live morning show AM to DM, during which the “Truth Hurts” singer was brought up during a discussion about celebrities who promote self-acceptance.
.@JillianMichaels on Lizzo: "Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes." pic.twitter.com/FkKBd8J87b
— AM2DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) January 8, 2020
“Why are we celebrating her body?” Michaels asked. “Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes.”
Michaels was quick to respond to the backlash she received.
“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,” she shared with her 1.2 million Twitter followers. “I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies.”
— Jillian Michaels (@JillianMichaels) January 9, 2020
On Thursday, Lizzo seemingly addressed the controversy, saying in an NSFW Instagram Story video that “If my name is your mouth…so is my p—y, b—…enjoy the flavor!”