By Justin Enriquez and Sam Joseph Semon For Dailymail.com
18:04 16 Nov 2023, updated 18:04 16 Nov 2023
Lizzo told fans that she is working on relationship with food, anxiety, and business matters weeks after her legal team blasted a bombshell lawsuit filed by her former dancers with claims she created a hostile work environment.
The 35-year-old artist – born Melissa Viviane Jefferson – took to her Instagram to share a mirror selfie of herself in a white robe.
However the biggest eyebrow-raising thing about the post was the caption to her 12.6million followers about trying to hit personal strides while also announcing she is working on new music.
She wrote: ‘Hi. I’m working.. on music, myself, relationships with people and food, my anxiety, my body, my business, and my trust issues with the world.. but they are deep now, deeper than they’ve ever been. Xoxo.’
As she has been at the center of plenty of controversy surrounding her alleged actions toward others the ‘my trust issues with the world’ line is interesting to note.
In the snap she could be seen in a massive bathroom featuring floor to ceiling windows which showcased a serene background featuring plenty of trees as she stood in front of a concrete tub.
Her brunette tresses were put in a high ponytail as she wore make-up including shiny lip and pink blush.
Lizzo last released a song back in July as she did single Pink for the Barbie film soundtrack.
She last released a full album last year – which was her fourth studio album – titled Special which was her highest-charting album to date and featured smash hit About Damn Time.
It was nominated for the most nominations at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year. It earned the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Just over two weeks ago Lizzo’s legal team has branded a lawsuit filed by three of her former dancers as a ‘fabricated sob story’ launched by ‘opportunists.’
The star -who may attempt to clear her name in a tell-all interview- was sued in August by three ex-members of her Big Grrls dance troupe who accused her of discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.
In a motion to dismiss the case filed on Friday, October 27, the singer’s legal team argued the suit had been filed by a trio with an ‘axe to grind’ against the star and had displayed ‘a pattern of gross misconduct and failure to perform their job up to par.’
Documents obtained by Billboard showed attorney Martin D. Singer wrote: ‘Plaintiffs embarked on a press tour, vilifying defendants and pushing their fabricated sob story in the courts and in the media. That ends today.’
He continued: ‘Instead of taking any accountability for their own actions, plaintiffs filed this lawsuit against defendants out of spite and in pursuit of media attention, public sympathy and a quick payday with minimal effort.’
The lawyers also included sworn statements from 18 members of Lizzo’s touring party which dispute many of the lawsuit’s specific accusations, including allegations she had fat-shamed some of her dancers.
One of the dancers recalled: ‘I never saw anyone, including plaintiffs, being weight shamed or body shamed.’
The individual then stated that the Good As Hell singer had maintained a professional attitude when interacting with other dancers.
‘Lizzo inspired all of us to celebrate and love ourselves and our bodies as we are,’ they wrote.
The Juice singer’s team wants the case to be dismissed immediately under California’s so-called anti-SLAPP statute – which makes it easier to quickly end meritless lawsuits that threaten free speech and are more typically used in defamation cases – because of the creative nature of Lizzo’s work.
Her lawyers wrote: ‘The complaint — and plaintiffs’ carefully choreographed media blitz surrounding its filing — is a brazen attempt to silence defendants’ creative voices and weaponize their creative expression against them.’
Lawyers for the accusers, Crystal Williams, Noelle Rodriguez and Arianna Davis, have blasted the motion to dismiss.
Neama Rahmani of West Coast Employment Lawyers told Billboard in a statement: ‘Even a first-year law student can see that ‘free speech’ does not cover Lizzo and her team’s illegal sexual harassment and racial, religious, and disability discrimination.’
She added: ‘Filming a reality TV show doesn’t give Lizzo the right to break the law.’
‘The defense’s declarants are either defendants accused of wrongdoing, or people who are on Lizzo’s payroll, and their statements can’t be considered by the judge,’ she said.
Rahmani concluded by stating that West Coast Employment Lawyers had also been contacted by various individuals who had allegedly been mistreated by the singer.
‘Our clients have dozens of independent witnesses who support their stories, and we continue to receive inquiries from other former Lizzo employees who want to be new plaintiffs,’ she said.
James Parker is a UK-based entertainment aficionado who delves into the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry. From Hollywood to the West End, he offers readers an insider’s perspective on the world of movies, music, and pop culture.