Kelsea Ballerini on Sympathizing with Lizzo About Internet 'Trolls' and Importance of Self-Love
Kelsea Ballerini knows how to block out the haters.
"When someone, especially with Lizzo's platform, is able to say, 'I'm human and even though I try to put my most confident self forward. As a public figure, this hurts my feelings. I'm human. I have bad days too,' says Ballerini, 27. "I think when someone at that level is able to do that, it normalizes it."
"It helps every person that's at home crying because some troll on the internet told them they looked bad in whatever form or fashion, it makes them go, 'it's not just me, I'm not alone,'" Ballerini adds.
Ballerini — who's written poetry book Feel Your Way Through, coming out in November — also opens up about what it's like to learn to love yourself.
"I think it's a journey. I think it's always evolving. I have days where I feel insecure and days where it's hard. I'm human," she says. "I've really found that for me, finding the things that make me feel confident and rooted that I can go to on days where I wake up and I'm not wanting to be in my skin. Then I'm like, 'Do a workout that makes you feel strong. Go write a song that makes you feel empowered and smart.'"
"Having those things for each person is super important to find," Ballerini — who's the new face of Aerie's Real Voice's campaign — adds.
The "Overshare" singer also spoke about what it was like to channel her artistry through poetry writing.
I've always wanted to be about finding your real self and not just accepting it but trying to learn to celebrate it and really love who you are," she says.
In June, the singer got to sing alongside Sesame Street's Elmo and friends for her debut on the show, which will feature the likes of Stephen Curry, Billy Porter and Hailee Steinfeld who appear on the kids' show's 51st season.
On the episode, she strums on an acoustic guitar as Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Abby, Grover and their families sing along.
"Family might be your uncle / Or your aunt and you / Some families have one mother / Some families have two," Ballerini sings on the episode. "But the one thing every family has, whatever they may be / Is the thing that we call love / That's what makes a family."
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