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03rd Aug 2023

Beyoncé omits Lizzo’s name in ‘Break My Soul’ performance following sexual harassment allegations


The body-positive singer has come under fire in recent days.

In videos from Tuesday, during the Foxborough leg of the Renaissance tour, Queen B can be heard omitting Lizzo’s name from the lyrics of the ‘Break My Soul’ Queens Remix with Madonna.

The song was reinvented to included lyrics honouring Black women in music, from Bey’s own sister, Solange, to Rihanna, Whitney Houston, Missy Elliott, Lizzo, and many more impressive industry heads.

However, Lizzo’s name was left off this lengthy list during the latest performance of the song, following allegations of sexual harassment by former dancers filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, August 1st. 

The original lyrics are: “Badu, Lizzo, Kelly Rowl’ (You know you can do it)”

Instead, Beyoncé can be heard in fan videos repeating Badu’s name four times at the Gillette Stadium. 

This comes as the ‘Truth Hurts’ singer has come under fire for a law suit brought against her by former dancers, Arianna David, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez for claims of sexual, religious and racial harassment, disability discrimination, assault and false imprisonment.

The plaintiffs claim that the singer invited them “to take turns touching nude performers, catching dildos launched from the performers’ vaginas, and eating bananas protruding from the performers’ vaginas” at a strip club in Amsterdam.

She is also accused of fat-shaming Ms. Davis, who was fired after Lizzo discovered her recording one of their meetings due to a health condition. 

Davis, Williams, and Rodriguez are issuing a second lawsuit against Lizzo’s Big Grrrl Big Touring production company and dance captain Shirlene Quigley over allegations that she attempted to shame the dancers over their religious beliefs.

Since the accusations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct have been filed, filmmaker Sopha Nahli Allison has come out in support of the dancers.

She says she was hired as director of the Lizzo documentary, and quit after just two weeks.

Taking to her X account, she said: “I was treated with such disrespect by her. I witnessed how arrogant, unkind, and cruel she is,” she claimed, “I was not protected and thrown into a s***y situation with little support. My spirt said to run as fast as you f***in can.”

Following this, Sophia has revealed that since she has spoken out “others have privately shared their very similar experiences” and has labelled the “About Damn Time” singer as a “narcissistic bully” that has “built her brand off lies.”

Today, Lizzo broke her silence on the allegations for the first time.

She issued a statement on her Instagram claiming the accusations made by her former dancers were “fabricated” and labelled them as “sensationalized stories.”

“Usually I would choose not to respond to false allegations but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous not to be addressed,” she began.

“I’m not here to be looked at as the victim, but I also know I am not the villain,” the YITTY founder continued, “I am very open with my sexuality and expressing myself and I cannot accept or allow people to use that openness to make me out to be something I am not.”

She concluded by saying: “I am hurt but I will not let the good work I’ve done in this world be overshadowed by by this.”