05/17/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gabourey Sidibe 'Would Like To Lose Some Weight,' Says Mom

Gabourey Sidibe has been attacked by Howard Stern, approached by a weight loss company and defended by Jessica Simpson and the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, and now her mother is addressing her weight.

"The truth is Gabourey would like to lose some weight but the reality is that she would not have gotten the role of Precious if she had not been heavy," Alice Tan Ridley told Radaronline.com. "As her mom I would like to see my daughter healthy but if she didn't lose weight that's not a problem either - it runs in our family."

Alice, who performs music in the Times Square subway station, supports her daughter unconditionally and is glad Hollywood opened up for her.

"I'm proud of my daughter no matter what and the truth is that there are all kinds of acting roles for all sorts of people," she said.