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JoJo Wants To 'Create A Legacy' After Sharing The Inside Story About Her Label Troubles

JoJo is getting candid in her latest interview, where she opened up about her past label troubles, drug use, and her comeback.

In the backstage documentary with UPROXX, the 29-year-old singer told the true story behind her being signed by Blackground Records’ founder Barry Hankerson, who was Aaliyah‘s uncle.

“He started that label for her because she was so young that nobody would sign her,” JoJo remembered, “but hearing about how he had made Aaliyah into the icon that she was, we were obviously really interested in that.”

She continues, “My label got my mom a car, got us an apartment and I had my own room for the first time. They felt like family to us, and I think that’s what both my mom and I were really longing for deep down. Both of us come from very unstable family situations and they really appealed to that within us—that we were creating something that was going to last forever.”

However, that magical feeling didn’t last.

She says that the battle with her record label was “incredibly upsetting” and recalled a moment when she was asked to “look as healthy as possible.”

“I was like, ‘I’m actually the picture of health. I look like a healthy girl who eats and is active. I don’t think this is about my health. I think that you want me to be really skinny.’ He’s like, ‘No, I wouldn’t say that,’” JoJo adds.

“I ended up working with a nutritionist who had me on a 500-calorie diet a day. I was taking these injections that make you have no appetite. I was like, ‘Let me see how thin I could wear because maybe then they will put out an album. Maybe I’m so disgusting that nobody wants to see me in the video and they can’t even look at me.’ That’s really what I thought.”

Eventually, she turned to drugs and alcohol as a way to feel “pretty” and “worthy.”

“There were definitely nights that I stumbled out of clubs and that I blacked out. I was just completely reckless, did not care. I needed to be buzzed to feel okay. I would go to the edge, stand on my tiptoes on the edge and then come back. I should be dead,” she said.

Now, JoJo is looking to create a new legacy with her new album, good to know, out in the spring.

“This journey has been a journey of learning how to love myself. I feel really lucky, really, really grateful for the longevity that I have and for the resilience that I do have. But I work on it every day. I want to create a life for myself and I want to create a legacy.”

Watch the full documentary below!

If you missed it, see all the upcoming dates on JoJo‘s tour.

JoJo Reveals Official Concert Dates For 'Good To Know' Tour!

JoJo just released the dates for her upcoming tour!

The 29-year-old musician announced her 2020 good to know Tour will have over 20 stops throughout North America, starting in the spring.

The tour will support her upcoming album of the same name, out later this year.

JoJo says of her new album, “I called the album good to know because of everything I’ve learned in the past few years – every piece of feedback, criticism (internal or external), whatever it is – it’s all just information. And it’s all good!”

She added, “I’ve been lucky to have the space to reflect on my own journey up to now, and I hope people can take comfort in the fact that I am not anywhere near perfect, and I will never sugarcoat anything. We are all constantly living and learning, and that’s what makes this life so fun.”

Tickets for the tour will be available on JoJo’s official website, with pre-sales beginning Monday, February 24 and general on-sale Friday, February 28 at 10am local.

Every ticket purchased online includes a choice of a CD or a digital copy of the new album good to know upon release.

If you missed the pics, JoJo just recently attended the 2020 Grammys.

Click inside NOW for all the dates on JoJo’s good to know TourMore Here! »

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JoJo Arrives In Style For Grammys 2020

JoJo shows off a ton of leg in her strapless gunmetal dress while arriving at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 26) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The 29-year-old singer is featured on “Say So” with PJ Morton, which is up for Best R&B song.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of JoJo

The ceremony will be hosted by Alicia Keys for the second year in a row. Lizzo leads the pack this year with eight nominations, more than any other artist. Make sure to tune in on CBS at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

FYI: JoJo wore a Rhea Costa dress.

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Bebe Rexha Hosts Her Third Annual Women in Harmony Brunch During Grammys Weekend!

Bebe Rexha poses for a photo with JoJo and Cyndi Lauper while attending the 3rd Annual Women in Harmony Brunch held during 2020 Grammys Weekend on Friday (January 24) at Craig’s in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 30-year-old singer hosts the brunch each year to bring women in the music industry together ahead of music’s biggest night. This year’s brunch was co-hosted by Bumble Bizz.

More celebs in attendance at the event this year included Sabrina Carpenter, Tinashe, Jordin Sparks, Becky G, Natasha Bedingfield, Kelsea Ballerini, Dinah Jane, and Betty Who.

FYI: Sabrina is wearing an Amir Taghi dress.

30+ pictures inside of celebs attending the Women in Harmony brunch… More Here! »

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Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani Couple Up at Warner Music Group's Pre-Grammy Party 2020!

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are all smiles as they hit the red carpet together while stepping out for Warner Music Group’s 2020 Pre-Grammy Party held at Hollywood Athletic Club on Thursday (January 23) in Hollywood.

The happy couple were joined at the big bash by “Truth Hurts” hit-maker Lizzo, Kehlani, Charlie Puth, Bebe Rexha, Ava Max, JoJo, Ally Brooke, Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa and Delilah Belle Hamlin.

Blake and Gwen are set to perform their Country duet “Nobody Like You” at the 2020 Grammy Awards, which are set to air on CBS on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET.

Alicia Keys is set to return as the host of this year’s big show.

READ MORE: Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani Share Kiss in ‘Nobody But You’ Music Video!

FYI: Lizzo is wearing Natalie Mills Jewelry earrings. Wiz is wearing Prada Eyewear sunglasses.

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Issa Rae, MJ Rodriguez, H.E.R & More Step Out In Style for Soul Train Awards 2019!

Issa Rae, MJ Rodriguez and H.E.R. strike a pose on the green carpet while attending the 2019 Soul Train Awards held at the Orleans Arena on Sunday (November 17) in Las Vegas.

The three ladies were joined at the event by musicians Keyshia Cole, JoJo, Letoya Luckett, Tank and Jeremih, as well as actors Luke James and Skai Jackson and hostesses Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold.

The 2019 Soul Train Awards were hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold who opened the show with a rocking opening spectacle, which included a vogue performance from MJ Rodriguez – Check out the performance here!

Lizzo, who was not in attendance, took home the top prize in two categories at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards: Video of the Year for her “Juice” music video, and Album/Mixtape of the Year for her album Cuz I Love You.

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