Tyrese was once one of my favorite R&B artists. Then, he started tweeting. From epic grammar errors to his strong opinion on almost everything, he’s used Twitter to entertain, confuse and sometimes offend followers with his anecdotes. By building himself as a “personality,” he’s now able to tout a career as not merely a singer, but also an author and motivational speaker.

All Hip Hop asked him if his status as an entertainer makes him feel compelled to inspire people to live healthier lives. He answered, saying:

No two situations are the same. If you are fat and nasty and you don’t like the way you look, do something about it. It’s simple. When you take a shower and you put your fat, nasty body in the shower and by the time you get out, the mirrors are all steamed up so you don’t look at what you did to yourself. That may sound offensive or insensitive but ultimately, you are big as h*ll because you have earned that sh*t. You worked your a** off to eat everything in sight to get big as h*ll. If you got a problem with the way you look, then you need to do something about it. Excuses sound best to the people that’s making them up.”

Like most of Tyrese’s opinions, his stance on overweight people is polarizing. To some, it comes off as harsh and prejudice yet many are in agreement with his “tough love” approach.


What are your thoughts, Clutchettes?

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  • I think that the man has revealed himself to be a shallow and disrespectful idiot. “Fat and nasty”? Did someone write a law when society wasn’t looking that people who are not thin are no longer entitled to common courtesy and respect? People who needlessly obsess over complete strangers’ poundage reveal themselves to be particularly stupid simply because unlike so many other things, like say personal character, it can so easily be changed. I have seen people extremely heavy at one point, and incredibly slender at another. Family members of mine have been heavier at one point, thinner at another, including myself. Does the way people like Tyrese treat people like these depend on the fluctuation–when overweight, speak about them like crap, when a little heavy, speak about them somewhat roughly, when thin, speak about them like they’re actually a human being? Disgusting.

    • Ms. Write

      Well if the rumors are true that he had a bout of bulimia, then he is probably projecting his own weight issues and insecurities

    • Chelley5483

      “…then he is probably projecting his own weight issues and insecurities…”

      Exactly Ms. Write.

      I cannot call myself a fan of Tyrese but I’ve always found myself drawn to Type-A kind of men, which he seems to be. I read his book a long time ago, “How To Get Out Of Your Own Way” and I noticed throughout the book how hard he is on himself. Extreme type A personality. In the book he described how he was suffering from possible depression during the film, “Waist Deep,” because he’d gained a considerable amount of weight. So much so he has a hard time watching himself in the movie.

      After watching “Waist Deep” not to long ago, I did see a huge difference in his confidence than when watching another movie he’s in, Fast and the Furious. Type A’s have extreme insecurities and a need to control their surroundings, including themselves and people around them. I’m not shocked by his statements. I think the fat and nasty bit should not be taken too seriously as I only think he’s saying that’s what he thinks about himself when he finds himself losing control of his physical appearance.

      Sh*t, honestly, let’s be real.. That’s what I say about my damn self when I find my jeans getting extra snug around the waist. I don’t project those thoughts onto others, I’ll never be one to shame someone into losing weight but sometimes I can feel an energy from people when they’re not ok with how they look. I think he’s addressing that feeling of shame that so many of us have when we don’t feel content with the end result of what our bodies end up looking like due to bad dietary decisions and lack of physical fitness. I’d like to hope this is kind of what Tyrese was trying to say. Not that he thinks fat people are nasty, but if that’s how YOU, YOURSELF FEEL.. Don’t hide behind bigger clothes or “the steam in the mirror” and work it out.

    • Cotina


      You said it yourself in your reply, you wouldn’t project your thoughts on others to shame them as he did. You are showing more respect for people and their feelings than he is. It shouldn’t matter what type A or B personality a person has to be respectful to others. I like Tyrese, but he’s been very verbal on this topic several times. He is a public figure and instead of insulting an entire group of people, he should just not comment. The old saying is, If you have nothing good to say, don’t say nothing at all! As far as being hard on hisself,…lots of people are hard on themselves. He’s not the only one to do that. Being hard on myself today makes me a better person tomorrow, but i dont bash others while doing it. It’s so confusing to me…why insult people who may be fans of yours? It seems Tyrese’s head has gotten too big for his shoulders.

  • Nat

    yessss! you are exactly right! took the words right out of my mouth!

  • Marisa

    Somebody toss Tyrese on a bus give him a bottle of coke and tell his ass to just STFU and stick to singing. I swear the last time this dude was tolerable was when he was drinking soda and singing on a bus. When you pontificate as much as Tyrese does one should be a spotless with their own lives, his life is messier than a 16 year old boys bedroom.

  • RM

    I think he is 100% right . Workout or stop eating so damn much

  • Look like there is a lot of fat and nasty women on this site. Why else would anybody defend being overweight? In the comments somebody actually DEFENDED somebody getting lung cancer from smoking. You serious? This must be where the black version of rednecks come for the news.