After an intense lawsuit, the singer is finally telling everyone why she's been under the radar for all these years
Every millennial remembers rocking out to JoJo's Leave (Get Out) in the early 2000's. If Spotify was a thing back then, it would be a constant on our heartbreak playlists. But what happened to her after, when she seemed to just disappear from the spotlight?
Turns out, the talented singer has been stuck in a lawsuit with her previous record label for the past seven years, one that has legally kept her from releasing new music. With the lawsuit finally behind her, JoJo was able to open up about what's been going on—including a confession about how the record label forced her to lose weight as a teen.
"Here's something that I agreed to do that ended up messing with me psychologically," JoJo told POPSUGAR in an exclusive interview. "I was under a lot of pressure with a company I was at previously and they wanted me to lose weight fast. So they got me with a nutritionist and had me, like, on all these supplements, and I was injecting myself—this is a common thing 'the girls' do all the way—it makes your body only need certain calories, so I ate 500 calories a day. It was the most unhealthy thing I've ever done." (Read: How to Let Go of an Unhealthy Weight Goal.)
The record label made her feel that if she didn't resort to these extreme measures, her album wouldn't see the light of day, and eventually it didn't. "I felt like, 'If I don't do this, my album won't come out.' Which it didn't!" she said. Losing weight the wrong way never truly works, which is why, eventually, JoJo gained all the weight back. (There is lots of misinformation and dieting myths circulating, be aware of these four big dieting mistakes as told by a nutritionist who knows.) This left her feeling miserable. "I felt like I needed to do what I was told I needed to do, and I was 18 and really impressionable, but it really messed with me. It really hurt my feelings," she said.
Now, years later, the artist is back on her feet and ready to take on the world. Though she still cares about other people's opinions, it doesn't seem like she will let them define her ever again. "I listen to other people's opinions. Listening and following are different things. I think listening and showing respect to people you respect . . . it works for me," she said. "What you think about yourself and the decisions you make is what's most important."
The artist has been releasing new music since late last year and debuted a new single featuring Wiz Khalifa. Watch the music video below.