Singer Jojo reveals she was put on 500-calorie diet as a teenager

Jojo has opened up about the shocking diet she was put on as a teenager. The Too Little Too Late singer explained that her label made her go on a diet where she consumed a mere 500 calories per day. She was also given injections that suppress her appetite. 

She was only 18-years-old at the time.

Jojo spoke to Uproxx about the ordeal. The songstress shared that Blackground Records told her, “We just want you to look as healthy as possible.” 


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However, the singer believed she looked perfectly healthy at the time: “I actually look like a healthy girl who eats and is active. And I don’t think this is about my health. I think that you want me to be really skinny.” 

Despite looking healthy and slim, Jojo was forced to endure the ludicrous diet. “I ended up getting put with a nutritionist that had me on a 500-calorie a day diet, and I was on these injections that make you have no appetite.”


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She continued: “'Let me see how skinny I can get, because maybe then they’ll put out an album. Maybe I’m just so disgusting that no one wants to see me in a video and they can’t even look at me.' That’s really what I thought."

The Grammy winner explained that every woman in the industry is facing similar battles: “I am speaking for probably I would say every woman in this industry [where] your image and your weight is up for conversation and it's just uncomfortable. It's hard enough being a woman.”

We have so much respect for the 29-year-old for speaking out about such a difficult topic.