Ariana DeBose shares first comments after going viral for doing the thing at Baftas


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Ariana DeBose has finally commented on that Baftas performance which caused a massive stir online. 

The 32-year-old Oscar winner spoke out about the opening number that went viral after she rapped and did her thing. 

Following the moment during last Sunday’s awards ceremony, the star received criticism on social media for her lyrics that commented on each of the female nominees up for gongs at the event. 

Despite backlash from viewers, the Westside Story actress revealed she had a lot of positive feedback from stars in the audience and that she massively enjoyed her time on stage at the British fixture.

Sitting with Zoe Ball during her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, the star addressed the negative comments for the first time. 

Their chat began with Zoe offering her admiration and praise for the now-viral rap to which Ariana responded: ‘You know what, you might be one of the few. I’ll take it, because you’re my people.’

The star was chosen to perform the opening number at the ceremony (Picture: Getty Images)

She continued explaining: ‘Honestly, it’s not like I’m like: “Hey BAFTA, let me in!”

‘They actually called me, believe it or not but that was the assignment. Like, “Come celebrate women,” and I was like: “Absolutely!”

‘We did that and it was fun. Not gonna lie, I had a blast.

‘[It was] so awesome, and then I spent the rest of the night, you know, cutting a rug.

‘Which, is that something you say here? Cutting a rug with Emma Thompson?

‘It was fabulous. I had a great time.’

Ariana rapped about the female nominees on the night (Picture: Getty Images)

Ariana went on to reveal others in attendance were big fans of her performance including the likes of Baz Luhrmann. 

‘He was like: “No, I think you’re great, that was fun. I had fun.” And I was like: “work”’, the celebrated actress admitted. 

She concluded: ‘That’s a win, you guys. And apparently, gay Twitter seemed to like it? So that’s good, I’ll take it. I told you, my people.’

On Saturday, the performer also reposted a video of Lizzo emulating her performance at her concert in Amsterdam earlier in the week to Instagram.

Along with the clip of the nod from the megastar, Ariana penned: ‘The internet is wild y’all. Appreciate all the love.’ 

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