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Lizzo confirms she’s not quitting music after cryptic Instagram post

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Lizzo cleared up her recent comments about “quitting,” telling fans in an Instagram video on Tuesday that she’s still going to make music but is simply going to quit “giving any negative energy attention.”

The comments followed a cryptic Instagram post on Friday in which the 35-year-old “About Damn Time” singer wrote she was “getting tired of putting up with being dragged by everyone in my life and on the internet,” finishing in all caps: “I QUIT.”

In Tuesday’s video, Lizzo stood in front of the camera in an aqua blue bathing suit, explaining, “What I’m not going to quit is the joy of my life, which is making music and connecting to people, and I know I’m not alone. In no way, shape or form am I the only person experiencing that negative voice that’s 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, negative comments, win then I’ve done even more than I could’ve hoped for,” she continued. “I’m going to keep moving forward and keep being me.”

She followed up the video an hour later with another similarly filmed post of her in alternating bathing suits, appearing to promote her new new swimwear and clothing line, “Yitty.”

She had been sharing Yitty content in recent days without an explanation of her “I QUIT” comment, leading many to ask why she was continuing to post if she was supposedly leaving the industry.

It’s unclear if the video on Tuesday was a direct response to those in the comments or to other speculation online.

The announcement on Friday — in which Lizzo wrote, “I’m starting to feel like the world doesn’t want me in it” — came just one day after she performed at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign, which drew criticism amidst her ongoing sexual harassment allegations.

“It’s shameful that Lizzo would be chosen to headline an event like this amid such egregious allegations,” said attorney Ron Zambrano, who represents the three former dancers suing the Grammy Award-winner for sexual harassment.