JoJo PRESSURED By Former Bosses To Undergo Dangerous Diet

Published on July 28, 2016

Pop star JOJO was left psychologically and physically damaged after her record label bosses pressured her to try a dangerous diet.

Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque

The Leave (Get Out) singer found fame at a young age after signing her first recording deal at the age of 12, and she was so desperate to please her new bosses she agreed to do whatever they told her to do – even if it took a toll on her health.

Talking about her career regrets in a new PopSugar interview, JoJo revealed, “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 by 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.”

JoJo was 18-years-old at the time and admits she eventually gave up on the diet and gained all the weight she lost, which resulted in even more problems.

Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque

“I felt horrible,” she continued. “I was upset that I even subscribed to the standard they wanted me to be at. I felt like, ‘If I don’t do this, my album won’t come out’, which it didn’t! So it’s not like it even worked! I felt like I needed to do what they told me to do. I was really impressionable. It really messed with me.”

Now 25, the singer insists she has recovered from the dieting disaster, but it took years to undo the damage it left behind, confessing, “I think after the age of 21, I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with myself. I had to unpack some of that damage that weird diet did to me. It made me feel I couldn’t work out. I didn’t feel strong. Being strong, mentally, physically, and emotionally – I didn’t feel those things.”