Lady Gaga Responds To Body Shamers With An Empowering Message For Fans

"Be you, and be relentlessly you."

If you enjoyed Lady Gaga's high-flying halftime performance at this weekend's Super Bowl, it might be hard to imagine anyone saying anything negative about it. You might be especially shocked to hear that, instead of criticizing her dancing or song choice, some on social media chose to comment on Gaga's body.

After the singer changed into a midriff-baring outfit for the show's grand finale, Twitter trolls made remarks about her having a "muffin top" and told her to "cover that stomach back up." Fans soon came to her defense, with some even calling her "empowering" for showing up without a "perfect body."

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On Tuesday night, Gaga herself responded to the body shamers on Instagram, sharing a fierce photo from her performance and turning the experience into an opportunity to spread positivity to her fans.

"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," she wrote. "No matter who you are or what you do."

Gaga then channeled her recent ballad "Million Reasons" to encourage others to embrace who they are: "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."

She ended the post by thanking her fans for their support and sending her love. We wouldn't expect anything less from the woman who brought us "Born This Way."

Gaga has addressed her struggles with body image in the past. In 2012, she revealed she had battled eating disorders since adolescence and encouraged her fans to love their bodies. "This is who I am. And I am proud at any size," she wrote on her website at the time. "And I love you, and want you to be proud in any form you may take as well. Please don't look for kindness in critics, go where you know the gold is. Here, in our hearts."

(H/T: Just Jared)

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