Pop sensation Lizzo has reportedly been dropped from consideration for the highly coveted Super Bowl halftime show following a series of disturbing allegations. The decision comes in the wake of a ballooning scandal involving lawsuits filed against the star by former employees who accuse her of engaging in abusive behavior.
According to an alleged “NFL insider” cited by the Daily Mail, the National Football League has swiftly withdrawn Lizzo from contention for the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show, a position she was previously considered a frontrunner for. The source emphasized that the public’s strong response to the allegations has forced the organization’s hand, leading to this dramatic reversal.
It appears that the repercussions of these allegations have begun to take a toll on Lizzo’s career. The unnamed source also mentioned that discussions of Lizzo’s potential involvement in the halftime festivities or even performing the National Anthem have been quashed due to the swirling scandal surrounding her.
The controversy stems from three former tour dancers who have come forward with claims of abusive behavior on Lizzo’s part. Allegations include coerced attendance at a strip club show and physical contact with performers. Additionally, one dancer has accused the singer of fat-shaming her after gaining weight, despite Lizzo’s vocal advocacy for body positivity.
While Lizzo has vehemently denied the allegations, the situation has taken a more distressing turn as six more individuals, including personnel from her reality show “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” have also come forward with similar claims of mistreatment.
The music industry itself seems to be distancing from Lizzo in light of these developments. In a significant blow to her career, organizers of the annual Made in America Festival recently announced its cancellation. The festival had originally slated Lizzo as a headliner but cited “severe circumstances outside of production control” as the reason for the abrupt decision.