• Lizzo has appeared on the cover of 'Elle' magazine. (Getty Images)
The singer has spoken to 'Elle' magazine about why she preaches self-love.
Samuel Leighton-Dore

6 Sep 2019 - 9:33 AM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2019 - 9:33 AM

Lizzo keeps going from strength to strength.

Fresh from landing her first ever US Billboard no. 1 single with 'Truth Hurts', Lizzo has graced the cover of Elle magazine, using the opportunity to reveal why she's so motivated to preach a message of self-love.

Speaking for the magazine's 'Women in Music' issue, the 31-year-old star revealed that she spent much of her youth wishing she was somebody else.

“I had an insecurity about what a star looks like, or what a front-person looks like,” she told the magazine.

“I felt like I was inadequate; I felt like I wasn’t enough; I felt like people didn’t want to look at me and listen to what I had to say.”

She continued, explaining: “I didn’t love who I was. And the reason I didn’t love who I was is because I was told I wasn’t lovable by the media, by [people at] school, by not seeing myself in beauty ads, by not seeing myself in television… by lack of representation.

“My self-hatred got so bad that I was fantasising about being other people. But you can’t live your life trying to be someone else.”

The singer explained that while her songs communicate a feel-good message, they're born from a struggle to fit in.

“My songs feel happy, but they come from a sad or frustrated place,” she explained. “My song are always the silver lining or the ‘somewhere over the rainbow’ moments.”

She added: “Being in those places is inevitable for me; I’m going to end up there again.

“But the fact that I’m prepared now to go to those places - and I have a toolbox, and I know I can pull myself out - is really helpful to me in my mental health journey.”


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