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Lainey Wilson has catapulted to fame in the last year with radio hits, CMA Award wins, and a recurring role on TV’s Yellowstone. But it was all the talk about her backside that led Lainey down an internet “rabbit hole.”

Wilson told Billboard in a new interview this week what happened when her team posted a video of her onstage with an angle that unintentionally highlighted her posterior. She said, “The next thing you know, everybody’s TikToks are about my rear end.”

The clip went viral and spawned imitators with women showing off their own bountiful booties. It also invited legions of opinions about Wilson’s body. Lainey told the publication, “I definitely went down the rabbit hole reading comments. A year-and-a-half ago, people didn’t give a rat’s ass to say something bad about me. Now the more well-known you are, the more negative comments you’re going to get.” She added, “The reason why I take it so personal is because I do believe that words are powerful.”

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Wilson’s success follows many years in Nashville, and in 2018, she decided she didn’t care what people thought; she was going to be herself. She said, “I just got to a certain point where I’d been in Nashville for so long [and] my give-a-damn was a little busted. I felt like, ‘Why not just say what I want to say how I want to say it?’ That’s one of the thoughts that really set me free.”

From living in a trailer in Nashville for years, her success has given her the luxury of owning some land to build a comfortable home. She recently purchased 30 acres in Nashville and is renovating the house on the property. She said, “I’m going to have some horses. I want to be able to go somewhere and turn it all off and just jump on a four-wheeler.”

Discussing why she took the role on Yellowstone even though she had never acted before, Wilson said two country icons inspired her. “When it comes to Dolly and Reba, I feel like they really do listen to their heart. I feel like they’re not scared to go outside that box and do things that are a little scary. I had never acted a day in my life. But I thought to myself, ‘Dolly and Reba, they’ve always made sure that their music is No. 1, but that has laid the foundation for so many opportunities to come their way.'” She concluded, “And so, if it’s a way for me to share more of my music with the world, even if it is a little scary, you’re dang right. I’m going to do it because that’s what they would do.”

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