Self Esteem responds to body shaming comments after US TV debut

Self-Esteem has spoken out against body-shaming comments she sees online in response to her appearance The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The singer-songwriter (real name Rebecca Lucy Taylor) made her US TV talk show debut this Monday (January 9), performing ‘I Do This All The Time’ from her Mercury-nominated second album ‘Prioritise Pleasure’.

Taking to Twitter after the episode aired and the show was shared online, Taylor said she saw some negative comments about her body.

“Americans call me fat on the internet,” Self Esteem began tweeting. “Anyway, I feel like it’s time to be here. [in the US] In terms of social and cultural expectations of women.

“I have struggled with disordered eating all my life and I no longer feel uncomfortable with a body that now works perfectly well.”

She continued: “I’m not less talented or better because I’m heavier than Hadid and others. I may gain or lose weight but jfc I dream of the day when it’s not a talking point.

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“The thing is, it’s not hard to thin. It just makes life a little less lovely. My inner wiring definitely sees my reflection as something that needs ‘sorting’ but then I remember to throw away the cute and less cute and go on with my day.

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During a recent conversation with Women’s Health UK (through Subway), Taylor opened up about how she has “struggled with an eating disorder” in the past, “as have most women I know”.

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“It’s a sad truth in my old band. [Slow Club] The skinnier I am, the more opportunities we get,” she added.

“With my self-esteem, I have full creative control, and it’s important to me to celebrate my body: it’s not plus size; It is not small; It may go up or down the stone. It’s a healthy size 14 and, for some reason, it feels intense.”

Talk to NME For the Big Read interview in 2021, Taylor explained how the latest studio album Her experience delved into her experience of “true self-acceptance and love yourself”.

“It’s the answer to everything, but it’s still something you mean not to do,” she continued.

Self Esteem performs live on stage in 2022
LONDON, UK – JULY 01: Self Esteem performs at BST Hyde Park in Hyde Park on July 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Lorne Thomson/Redferns)

“I’ve been this way a lot, and I’m very sorry. But then I thought, no – just stay in my little part of the world, my group, accept myself, love myself, and then do my silly songs and my little dances. And if someone can learn from that and pass it forward, at least I’m doing something?”

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Self-esteem rebuilt Britney Spears’ 1999 Rolling Stone Cover for the interview in question, and explain how she wants to present the “real” version of the icon.

“My thought was, reinvent it, but the reality is I have a sandwich next to me with a sticker that fell, Kermit, and I’m not like Britney Spears,” Taylor explained.

“I want to show, really, what I look like in bed. The truth is that women don’t look like that in bed.”

Meanwhile, Self Esteem has announced a trio of North American live shows for this April.

He will be touring the UK and Ireland next month, you can find the remaining tickets here.


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