Singer JoJo is opening up about how demanding her old record label was about her appearance.
JoJo claims in an interview that she used to inject herself with weight-loss supplements — “something that I agreed to do that ended up messing with me psychologically.”
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“I was under a lot of pressure from a company that I was previously working with, and they wanted me to lose weight fast,” she tells Popsugar. “So they got me with a nutritionist and had me, like, on all these supplements, and I was injecting myself.”
And as she explained, the practice was not out of the ordinary. “This is a common thing that ‘the girls’ do, by the way,” she said. “It makes your body only need certain calories, so I ate 500 calories a day. This was the most unhealthy thing I’d ever done.”
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“I felt like, ‘If I don’t do this, my album won’t come out,'” she added. “And it didn’t! So it’s not like it even worked! But 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.”
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JoJo has come a long way since then, though, and she’s not just blindly taking orders anymore.
“I listen to other people’s opinions. Listening and following are different things,” she said. “I think listening and showing respect to people you respect, it works for me. What you think about yourself and the decisions you make is what’s most important.”
JoJo’s first full-length album in 10 years, “Mad Love,” will be released on Friday, Oct. 14. The fist single off the album — “F**k Apologies,” a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa — was released Thursday.