Lady Gaga is responding to social-media comments that criticized her body and appearance during her Super Bowl Halftime Show performance Sunday.
“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,” the singer, 30, posted on Instagram. “No matter who you are or what you do. 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.”
Her post garnered more than 1 million likes in roughly 12 hours. Among those who indicated “like” for her comments, said E! Online, were actors Colton Haynes and Reese Witherspoon, dancer Jenna Dewan Tatum and singer Nick Jonas.
“Thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys,” Gaga signed off.
Even before her response, she had received an outpouring of support online. Among fellow entertainers commenting, “Firefly” star Jewel Staite tweeted, “Heard Lady Gaga’s been the victim of body shaming online due to her ‘stomach roll’ at the halftime show. Cuz internet trolls are so toned.”
The social-media sniping had no apparent effect on the singer’s popularity. Gaga’s music sales jumped 1,000 percent following her 13-minute performance, which began with a medley of “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” and continued with her hits “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” “Telephone,” “Just Dance” and “Million Reasons.” Nielsen Music reported Monday that Gaga’s digital sales in the U.S. on Sunday totaled approximately 150,000 albums and songs, compared to about 15,000 the day before.