JoJo revealed that she was forced to inject herself to lose weight. She also denounces unrealistic standards and expectations that social media can promote. The pop music superstar, returns to the scene with a new album, and has plenty to say.
It’s been a while since we’ve last heard from the now 25-year-old JoJo who rose to fame in the early Aughts with some unforgettably catchy songs such as ‘Leave (Get Out)’and ‘Too Little Too Late” and “How to Touch a Girl’ that define the era.
Now after entanglements with lawsuits with record labels and such that have kept her literally from recording, a new album is on the way; you can see a trailer below and hear that sensational multi-octave one-of-a-kind voice.
In an interview with Pop Sugar she opened up about her evolution over the years from teen sensation to a mature music artist.But as she revealed when she was around 18, she was pressured in a dangerous way.
She said, “Here’s something that I agreed to do that ended up messing with me psychologically. 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.”
She went on to say, “I gained all the weight back. I felt terrible about myself. And then I was upset that I even subscribed to the standard that they wanted me to be at.”
She confessed her fears, saying she felt at the time that “if I don’t do this my album won’t come out.” She went on to say, “I felt I needed to do what I was told to do. It really messed with me. It really hurt my feelings.
That’s a cautionary tale if there ever was one. A 500-calorie a day diet is nothing less than starvation and quite dangerous. She’s fortunate to have avoided lingering emotional and physical harm. And let’s hope that people are not Googling to try to figure out what these “injections” are and how to get them!
In the interview, JoJo also said that despite her early fame, she was fortunate that her mother “kept her in a bubble” until she was around 17 years old. She also noted that people weren’t as “nasty” in 2004 as they are now. Yes, and not to mention that venues for such nastiness didn’t even exist back then — there was no Instagram, no Twitter — even Facebook was not in existence!
As for now, she said, “I am confident on the outside but there are things that can get to you.” Continuing, she added, “It’s hard to uncloud [sic] those things and listen to yourself.” She said that past age 21, “I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with myself.”
She said, “I listen to the opinions of others, but listening and following are different things.”
She also denounced the use of filters on Snapchat that gloss your face. She said, “This is not right. This is an unfair beauty standard.” Without naming names she denouced popular personalities on Instagram who “edit” their photos, for promoting unrealistic standards.
She said, “That’s not what life is. Life is not constantly incredible.”
You can see the full interview below, as JoJo shares her hard-won self-confidence and inspires others not to succumb to unfair and often harmful standards.