Lizzo explains the importance of supporting family planning and why activism is her ‘calling’: exclusive clips

Lizzo is a Big Grrrl with a big heart. In two exclusive clips shared with Billboard of her interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that aired on Wednesday, July 13, the 34-year-old singer-songwriter opened up about how important her philanthropy is to her, whether it’s leading her annual program ” Give Back” from June 19 or take a stand with Planned Parenthood to fight for reproductive rights.

“I was never really someone who just liked to talk about things,” she began. “I always said to myself, ‘God, if I say that, I have to do something. If I’m upset and people are upset on the street, OK, let me go where the people are. I don’t can’t sit still.

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The “About Damn Time” singer went on to explain that she felt powerless when it came to causes close to her heart because she didn’t have the financial means or the platform to support them – so far. “It’s almost like I’ve been waiting backstage and then it’s like, ‘Here’s your moment. You’ve got it. You can act.

Much of Lizzo’s activism is captured on her website, which she launched after the 2020 death of George Floyd as a way to provide information, action items and ways to make a difference. donation to organizations supporting black communities. Earlier this year, she added Planned Parenthood to the lineup — a move that took on much more urgency when the Supreme Court struck down Roe V. Wade a few months later on June 24.

“We just wanted to add them because we wanted to,” she said of Planned Parenthood, to whom she plans to donate $500,000 of her next Special proceeds from the tour, which Live Nation agreed to match to make a million dollars. “Then when it all happened, when Roe v. Wade was cancelled, I quickly had to turn into a fundraiser for abortion funds and for Planned Parent. It’s very shareholder-friendly because we were already doing it for Juneteenth.

Lizzo is days away from releasing her second studio album, Special, and just scored six Emmy nominations for her competition series with Amazon’s Prime Video, “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” but as passionate as she is about her career, she says giving back is her main goal in life.

“I just want everyone to know that I’m here because I want to be here,” she told Lowe. “I haven’t done anything in my career, and I stand by it and I’m proud of it, that I didn’t want to do. Like nothing was obligatory. I love touring. I love talk to you. I love writing music. I love doing interviews where I can talk about what I’ve done, which I’m proud of.

“I don’t just make promises to organizations and give people money because of the optics or because I feel like I have to – no one else does,” a- she continued. “That’s why I was put here. It’s my calling to do good and you’ll never see me do something I don’t want to do, and you’ll never see me do something just to have fun. weight.

Watch Lizzo talk about her dedication to activism, family planning and more with Zane Lowe in Billboard’s exclusive clips below. Then tune into Apple Music 1 for the interview with Zane Lowe at 10:00 a.m. PT.

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