Lizzo Has Opened Up About Her Battle With Anxiety And How She Channels It

Even the most confident stars in the world suffer from anxiety.

If you’re one of the lucky ones going to see Lizzo’s SOLD OUT show in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin this Sunday the 10th of November, you’re in for a treat.

In a recent interview with British Vogue, Lizzo (whose real name is Melissa Jefferson – stunning) opened up about living with anxiety and major panic attacks from a very young age.

Although the ‘Juice’ star recognizes that using her anxiety as a power tool is not always possible for others, she says “When I get really, really anxious before a show, I just go harder and harder and harder when I’m performing and I just go crazy. I don’t know if my body just, like, out of a desperate need to find a place for my anxiety or find a use for it, takes it and puts it there.”

The singer added that only now that she’s reached her 30s she’s better at coping with it all. “I think if I was 21 right now, I would not be able to maintain this lifestyle without having major anxiety and panic attacks.”

Whatever you’re doing, Lizzo, it’s working. Perhaps taking a leaf out of her book wouldn’t harm us.

At 31, the rapper and classically trained flutist (yes, we said classically trained flutist) has learned to embrace the person she is becoming and encourages her fans to do the same, telling them “If you love me, you can love your goddamn self” during her performance at Glastonbury this year.

While Lizzo emanates confidence, as she was growing up, she never felt that people like her were represented in the media: “When you don’t see yourself, you start to think something’s wrong with you. But thank God, my journey is all about self-care and finding that love for yourself and nurturing yourself.”

Thankfully, in today’s world, there is much more representation of all ethnicities and body types, and hopefully, this will continue to grow. And as long as Lizzo is around, she will remind us all that we are 100% that…

Words: Aimee Lyons