Attention, everyone: Lady Gaga does not have a pot belly.
The superstar’s midsection came under intense scrutiny by social-media body shamers, one of whom called her out for having a “pot belly,” when she changed into a tummy-exposing crop top during the final portion of her Super Bowl LI halftime show.
Gaga learned of the comments and put the shamers to shame, firing off a post that is in keeping with her message of inclusion and empowerment to her more than 21 million Instagram followers: “I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too.
“No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga”
Her post drew mostly positive reinforcement in the responses: “I thought you looked gorgeous. [Your] body is healthy and beautiful so idk why people are making a big deal about it.”
Another wrote: “You tell ’em Gaga! <3 You can’t bring down someone who dedicates her life to encourage self-worth and empowerment in everything she does!”
Gaga trained for months for what she said would be a “tremendously athletic” 13-minute Super Bowl show that she described “as full-on cardio. It’s cardio while singing.”
“I am going to have to say that the preparation for this show is the show business version of the athlete,” she said in a news conference last week in Houston. “Myself and my dancers have been training for months for this.”
This isn’t the first time the “Born This Way” singer has called out shamers. In 2012, she said she had gained about 25 pounds and added in a radio interview, “I really don’t feel bad about it. Not for a second.” She went on to start “Body Revolution 2013,” posing in her underwear “to inspire bravery.”
After she was criticized for looking heavier than usual during a 2014 Las Vegas performance, one of her Twitter followers wrote, “This isn’t sexy. This is FAT.” Gaga, who has dealt with eating disorders since she was a teenager, fired back with an Instagram photo captioned “curvy and proud” and added a pig emoji.