This is the season for spreading cheer, and Lizzo is getting a head start. The “Good As Hell” singer shared a heartwarming video on Sunday (Dec. 20) of the moment she surprised her mom, Shari Johnson-Jefferson, with a brand new car just days before Christmas. Lizzo captured the emotional moment on camera and showed her mom’s sweet reaction.
In the Instagram post, Lizzo reflected on the days when her father passed away and things were not going well for herself and her family and said now that she is able to, her goal is to spoil her mother. “Got my mommy a brand new Audi for Xmas I remember crying in my car when my daddy passed, no job no money nowhere to live, wishing I could one day provide for my family,” she captioned the post. “I couldn't do it for my dad so ima make sure I spoil Mama. Happy holidays y’all.”
The singer had the car parked outside with a bow on it and had someone walk her mom outside with her eyes closed. “Ok, Merry Christmas, mommy! Open your eyes!” the “Truth Hurts” rapper says in the clip, and her mom instantly started crying and thanking her. “Got you an Audi, girl! It’s an Audi. You see the circles on it. Come on!”
Her mom then says in the video: “Oh my, God! You see these things on television and you never expect them to happen to yourself.”
Lizzo’s fans jumped in the comments to praise her mom for her humbleness since she showed so much appreciation before even realizing what kind of car it was. “She was so happy before she even recognized it was an Audi and I love that so much, Merry a Christmas mom,” one user wrote. Another fan commented: “The fact she didn’t even realize it was an Audi just so grateful for her new car.”
The Grammy winner and her family have come a long way. The “Juice” hitmaker has been open in the past about feeling depressed after her father passed away while she was a student on a music scholarship at the University of Houston. She told “CBS This Morning” in January that the depression and the pain of losing him were so bad, it caused her to drop out of college.
“I kind of really gave up. Just because I was depressed. I didn’t have a purpose; I didn’t feel like I had a purpose for being a musician or anything. So that turned into, ‘Oh can I sleep on your couch,’ and that eventually, I got really guilt-ridden. So all I had was this car. It was a Subaru. That was my home for a little. I spent Thanksgiving in that car, and I remember I cried myself to sleep,” she recalled at the time.