Bebe Rexha says she may not attend MTV VMAs as she opens up about anxiety over weight discussion
Bebe Rexha has said that she may not attend the MTV VMAs tonight (September 12).
The pop singer posted a video on TikTok yesterday (September 11) about her reservations and how public scrutiny over her weight has affected her mental health.
Rexha began by saying that “the VMAs are tomorrow and I am anxious AF”. She went on to say that she felt “grateful and blessed” she is able to do what she loves and attend awards shows, while stating that the “criticism comes with the territory.”
But she said that “sometimes it does get to me, I am human,” and that while people will often praise her “positivity and confidence,” at the moment, she is “not feeling so confident.”
She added: “I am so anxious and stressed about going on the red carpet, and I guess people talking about my weight, because I’m not really loving myself right now. I’m not really feeling like the bad bitch that I usually, and I guess everybody has these days, and nobody ever feels perfect. And that’s why I wanted to make this video.
“I don’t know if I’m going to go tomorrow, I do have an outfit, it’s cute and I do wanna wear my dress and I do really want to go to celebrate my nomination and my friends’ nominations but I do feel like anxiety gets the best of me.”
The singer reached out to fans who have gone through similar experiences, and asked for “any motivational tips or tricks.”
Tonight’s ceremony will take place at 8pm ET (1am BST) at New Jersey’s famed Prudential Center.
Swift is leading the way with eight nominations, SZA earned six and Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Sam Smith have all earned five each. The entire group of artists are also in the running for this year’s Video Of The Year category.
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