Lizzo has discussed her mental health in a new interview with Vogue magazine.
In the interview, the “Truth Hurts” artist explains that she struggles with anxiety, particularly before she goes on stage, but she has learned to use it to “fuel” her performance. “When I get really, really anxious before a show, I just go harder and harder when I’m performing and I just go crazy,” Lizzo explains.
— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) November 10, 2019
“I don’t know why, but my anxiety sometimes fuels who I am as a performer and who I am as an artist – and I know that is not the case for everyone,” Lizzo continues. “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 renowned musician went on to talk about how she struggled to appreciate her physical appearance growing up because, when she would look at different forms of media like television and magazines, she would not see people who looked like her.
“When you don’t see yourself, you start to think something’s wrong with you. Then you want to look like those things and when you start to realize it’s a physical impossibility, you start to think, ‘What the fuck is wrong with me,'” Lizzo stated. “I think that took a greater toll on me – psychologically – growing up than what anyone could have said to me.”