Beyoncé Expresses Love for Lizzo Amid Lawsuit Controversy

Beyoncé showed support to Lizzo, During her Renaissance world tour, who is facing a legal issue with former backup dancers, while performing in Atlanta.

Amidst a lawsuit involving former backup dancers and claims of a negative work environment, Beyoncé publicly expressed her support for Lizzo during a concert in Atlanta.

Multiple videos shared on social media captured a moment during Beyoncé’s performance of the Madonna collaboration Break My Soul (The Queens Remix) at Monday’s concert. In an ad-libbed portion of the song, Beyoncé gave a shoutout to Lizzo.

During her performance, Beyoncé expressed her affection, saying “I love you, Lizzo,” right after mentioning Lizzo’s name as it was originally included in the lyrics of the song. The lyrics pay tribute to significant Black women in the history of music.

The day following the lawsuit filed by Lizzo’s former dancers against her and dance captain Shirlene Quigley, claiming sexual and religious harassment and a toxic work environment, Beyoncé performed the Break My Soul remix in Massachusetts.

During the performance, she omitted mentioning both Lizzo and Kelly Rowland’s names and instead repeated Erykah Badu’s last name.

This was seemingly a reference to Badu’s recent Instagram comment about inspiring Beyoncé’s hat.

Beyoncé started singing Lizzo’s name again when the Renaissance tour continued a few days later, just outside Washington, D.C.

Regarding the lawsuit, Quigley shared a video on Instagram in which she conveyed to her followers, “God loves you.” On the other hand, Lizzo issued a statement on Instagram denying the allegations made by the dancers.

“These last few days have been gut-wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing,” the 35-year-old wrote. “My work ethic, morals, and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized. Usually I choose not to respond to false allegations, but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed. These sensationalized stories are coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted that they were told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional.”

Amid the consequences of the lawsuit, Lizzo’s planned joint performance with SZA at Jay-Z’s Made in America festival was canceled.

Additionally, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison revealed that she left the production of the Max documentary titled “Love, Lizzo” after witnessing what she described as disrespectful behavior from Lizzo during her two weeks of observation.

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