Lizzo fans who missed out on her sold-out Sydney gig are treated to the singer's appearance on The Project last night. Throughout the interview, the 'Truth Hurts' singer had audience and hosts Gorgi Coghlan, Peter Helliar, Peter Van Onselen and Ryan (Fitzy) Fitzgerald in stitches as she spoke about her time in Australia.
Speaking about how much fun she’s been having down under, Lizzo asked the panel who she needs to marry to get dual citizenship. When they asked if she’d like one of the Hemsworth brothers, she quickly pointed out that she’d rather have a Hemsworth cousin. Making a reference to the romantic history between Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth she told the audience,“I don’t want no beef with Miley.”
In keeping with her self-love brand, Lizzo went on to speak about the enjoyment she gets while watching clips of her own performances. “I’m really cool. I love myself. I get a kick out of it. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.”
She spoke of the setbacks she’s faced throughout her career that have given her a greater appreciation for her own work. In her early 20s, dealing with her father’s death and living out of her car, Lizzo thought about giving up.
“Music wasn’t working, I was like why am I doing this?” She thought about giving up a second time when she released her now hit single Truth Hurts back in 2017. She joked that she thought the song "has a bigger impact than it’s actually making right now.” While her musical career is now very much a success, it’s not the only thing she’s been focusing on during her time in Australia.
“I cannot come to this amazing country and not give everything that I can. All of my time and energy and love.”
Lizzo’s response to the bushfire crisis saw her voice her support for those affected during her sold-out concert at the Sydney Opera House last week. She also took a break from performing to spend some time at Foodbank Victoria helping to pack hampers as part of their bushfire relief work.
Speaking about why she chose to give back in that way, she told the panel, “I cannot come to this amazing country and not give everything that I can. All of my time and energy and love.” The singer told the audience that seeing the way in which the country has come together in response to the crisis has been an inspiring lesson in self-love for her.
Asked about her huge young Australian fan base, Lizzo told the audience that it was a new and exciting experience for her. “I’m making music to make us better, to make us smile, to make you love yourself and I think that children need that more than anything so that they can teach the next generation how to love themselves.”
Here's to hoping that the next generation includes some Lizzo/Hemsworth babies.
Zoe Victoria is a freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @Zoe__V