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I quit, says Lizzo after criticism for headlining Joe Biden fundraiser

Pop singer Lizzo has said that she is “quitting” because she is tired of “lies” being spread about her after being criticised for headlining a fundraiser for President Joe Biden.

The Grammy-winning artist wrote on Instagram that she is “starting to feel like the world doesn’t want me in it”.

”I’m getting tired of putting up with being dragged by everyone in my life and on the internet,” she said, without specifying whether she was leaving the music industry or social media.

Her comments followed a backlash against her appearance at a Biden fundraiser because of a series of damaging allegations of professional misconduct against her

The accusations against Lizzo include sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

Ron Zambrano, a lawyer representing three of her accusers, reportedly told subscription television network NewsNation: “It’s shameful that Lizzo would be chosen to headline an event like this amid such egregious allegations.”

Lizzo, who was last seen at the event at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, has denied the allegations.

“All I want is to make music and make people happy and help the world be a little better than how I found it. But I’m starting to feel like the world doesn’t want me in it,” she wrote in her social media post.

‘I didn’t sign up for this’

The 35-year-old said she was “constantly up against lies” which she said were being told for “clout and views”.

She added that she feels like she is the “the butt of the joke every single time” and is being “picked apart” by people who have never met her.

“I didn’t sign up for this,” she said. “I quit.”

The plus-sized star is well-known in the music industry for her body positivity and self-love.

She has hit back at comments about her appearance in the past.

Last year, Lizzo was targeted by speculation about her diet and whether she eats a lot of fast food, which she described as body shaming.

“Y’all don’t know how close I be to giving up on everyone and quitting,” she commented at the time.

Lizzo and her production company were sued last August by former dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez, who accused her of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, was accused of forcing one individual to touch another woman’s breasts and later firing the same performer after criticising her weight.

Their lawsuit names Ms Jefferson, her production company Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc., and Shirlene Quigley, captain of the performer’s dance team.

The court filing claims that after performing a concert in Amsterdam, Lizzo and her crew attended a sexually-themed show where “Lizzo began inviting cast members to take turns touching the nude performers”.

During the show, Lizzo led a chant pressuring Ms Davis to touch the breasts of one of the nude women performing at the club, the filing states.

“Finally, the chorus became overwhelming and a mortified Ms Davis acquiesced in an attempt to bring an end to the chants,” the complaint states.

“Plaintiffs were aghast with how little regard Lizzo showed for the bodily autonomy of her employees and those around her, especially in the presence of many people whom she employed.”

Lizzo is also accused of calling out Ms Davis for her weight gain after accusing the dancer of not being committed to her role.

Ms Davis was then fired in May for allegedly recording a meeting where Lizzo gave feedback to dancers.

The lawsuit alleges that white managers from Big Grrrl Big Touring “often accused the black members of the dance team of being lazy, unprofessional and having bad attitudes”.

Days after the accusations emerged, Lizzo said that the lawsuit was full of “sensationalised stories coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted they were told their behaviour on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional”.

She added: “I take my music and my performances seriously because at the end of the day I only want to put out the best art that represents me and my fans.”

Lizzo, whose self-love message is central to her stardom, said that the claims were “false” and as “unbelievable as they sound”.

“With passion comes hard work and high standards,” Lizzo continued.

“Sometimes I have to make hard decisions but it’s never my intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or like they aren’t valued as an important part of the team.”

Lizzo said that she was “not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days” and that she was “hurt” her “good work” would be overshadowed by the accusations.

Mr Biden and his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, headlined the star-studded fundraiser with former president Bill Clinton on Thursday.

The event included musicians Queen Latifah, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo and Lea Michele performing, as well as Lizzo.

More than 5,000 people had been expected to attend.

Organisers said it raised more than $25 million (£20 million) for Mr Biden’s re-election campaign.

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