Beyoncé Responds to Erykah Badu’s Claim That She Stole Her Iconic Wide-Brim Hat Style

by Xara Aziz
Left: Instagram @beyonce/Right: Instagram @erykahbadu

As busy as Beyoncé is while touring on the last leg of her Renaissance World Tour, she’s still making it known that she’s keeping up to date with the latest news happening among her fellow musicians in the industry.

While performing in Massachusetts earlier this week, she made mention of Erykah Badu, who called her out over the weekend for copying her style.

On Tuesday, Shine My Crown questioned whether Badu was throwing shade.

Two days before, the On & On star posted a picture of the I’m That Girl star wearing a glittery IV jersey, knee-high boots and a metallic, wide-brimmed hat while performing in New Jersey. She then wrote “Hmmm” at the bottom of the picture.

Instagram @erykahbadu

Badu then posted a picture wearing a similar hat, which has been a part of her signature look since she first arrived on the scene more than 20 years ago.

She captioned the post: “I guess I’m everyone’s stylist. favorite chrome mirror hat.

Instagram @erykahbadu

Beyoncé seemingly responded to Badu’s thoughts while performing Break My Soul (The Queens Remix) by deciding to change the lyrics. In one part of the tune, the 41-year-old global superstar originally sang: Badu, Lizzo, Kelly Rowl.” But during her performance, she changed the names and sang “Badu, Badu, Badu, Badu.”

People also noticed that she removed Lizzo from the song.

As previously reported, Lizzo is facing sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment accusations after three of her former dancers filed a lawsuit against the Truth Hurts star.

In the suit filed Tuesday, the dancers allege that the 35-year-old Detroit native pressured one of them to touch a nude performer in Amsterdam and subjected dancers to an “excruciating” audition after she accused them of drinking on the job.

Lizzo has long been known to promote body positivity but has been accused of berating a dancer because of her weight gain. The suit claims that the dancer was later fired because of a health condition.

The suit, obtained by NBC News, was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. It alleges Lizzo’s dance team captain, Shirlene Quigley, also engaged in inappropriate actions, including cajoling other performers, ridiculing those who had premarital sex, sharing lewd sexual fantasies, simulating oral sex and publicly speaking about the virginity of one of the dancers.

The suit’s plaintiffs – Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez – represented by attorney Ron Zambrano, names Melissa Viviane Jefferson (Lizzo’s legal name), her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc., and Quigley as defendants.

The suit accuses Lizzo and her team of religious and racial harassment, false imprisonment and interference with prospective economic advantage, among and other allegations.

“The stunning nature of how Lizzo and her management team treated their performers seems to go against everything Lizzo stands for publicly, while privately she weight-shames her dancers and demeans them in ways that are not only illegal but absolutely demoralizing,” Zambrano said in a statement.

The suit does not indicate the amount the plaintiffs are seeking in damages but does state that the damages would cover emotional distress, unpaid wages, loss of earnings and attorney’s fees.

Meanwhile, Lizzo was recently seen in a social media clip telling a fan in Australia how beautiful she was and could “be the greatest dancer in the world.”


When Munroe’s dream came true.. #Lizzo #sydney @Sarah Mills -Amongst the stars

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“The words that we say have a long-lasting effect on people,” Lizzo told the fan who said she has been the subject of bullying.

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