Apparently, some people who watched the American Music Awards on Sunday night were, somehow, not totally mesmerized by host Tracee Ellis Ross‘s gorgeous outfit changes and incredible stage presence. Instead, they were focused on one of Ellis Ross’s eyes, which had been twitching throughout the show. After they pointed it out on Twitter, Ellis Ross took to Instagram to defend herself and her “tired” left eye.
In the hilarious video, a good-natured Ellis Ross addressed her fans. “Guys, I finished the show, I’m back in my sweats, praise Jesus. And listen to me: My left eye has literally—my left eye is at home and in bed. It’s like, ‘Bye! I’m done working.’ My left eye is done. Look, it’s gonna twitch,” the Black-ish star says, half-winking her eye to fake a twitch before cracking up. “OK I did that,” she admits.
“I know y’all make fun of my eyes, you know what I mean? Well, f*ck off, ’cause it’s not my fault, alright?” she continues. “My body does what it does, I don’t know why. But sometimes when I’m tired, this one just gives up, and it’s like, ‘Goodnight!’ I don’t—you explain it to me!” After breaking into laughter yet again, she added, “Go ahead, make fun of my eyes, OK? But I think they’re nice, I think they’re so nice, I do.”
Although they’re annoying, eye twitches aren’t usually a sign of any serious issue. As SELF previously reported, two of the most common reasons for eye twitching are stress and sleepiness (both side effects of hosting a big awards show, we imagine). Luckily, that means the twitches usually ease up after a few days when you have a chance to chill out and/or rest up, so you don’t necessarily need to check in with a doctor every time you get one. But, if the twitching gets worse or is continuing after a week or two, it’s worth getting it looked at, because it can also be a sign of an eyelid infection.
Still, Ellis Ross is probably spot on with her self-diagnosis, and we hope she and her eyes got a well-deserved good night’s sleep.