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Singer JoJo Reveals Clinical Depression Diagnosis In Candid Interview

Singer JoJo Reveals Clinical Depression Diagnosis In Candid Interview
April 29, 2020 - 16:46 / Amanda Stanford

It seems that those in Hollywood are opening up about the truth behind the scenes, and singer Jojo is no exception. The pop star is revealing her clinical depression diagnosis and struggles with her mental health in a tell-all interview.

Jojo reveals her navigation through mental health

Singer and pop sensation Jojo is opening up in a tell-all interview about life with clinical depression. The star rose to fame when she was just 13, with her smash hit "Leave (Get Out)".

JoJo arrives at the 2013 Outfest Film Festival closing night gala of 'G.B.F.'

Jojo says that it all started 10 years ago when she was finally diagnosed with clinical depression. Since then, she's taken antidepressants as well as regular therapy.

“Because there is a history of mental health issues in my family, I didn’t feel any shame seeking help,” she said. Her new album Good to Know, which will be released on Friday, is about her journey and path towards healing.

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“Those of us who have a predisposition toward depression or a chemical imbalance — sometimes we just need a little help," she continued.

After her No. 1 hit single "Leave (Get Out)" was released, the star continued to make waves in the spotlight, appearing in two family films, Aquamarine and RV, and had two other hit singles. 

“I was living my dream,” she recalls. 

However, behind the scenes it was a much darker reality. Not only did her career come to a halt due to a dispute over a contract with her record label, but she watched her father battle an opioid addiction as well.

“I was feeling overwhelmed and found myself wanting to get out of my mind because I was so scared and so sad,” says JoJo. She also revealed she herself started to use alcohol to cope, and at the age of 18 would drink herself into blackouts.

Singer Jojo performs onstage at NYLON's Midnight Garden Party

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“At the end of the day I am a product of a family with substance-abuse issues," she said.

"When I woke up and didn’t know how I got home, I was like, ‘This is not okay,'" she continued.

Jojo's road to recovery

Following her addiction and mental health diagnosis, the singer turned to yoga and journaling as a healthier way to adjust to life's challenges. 

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Nature's calling #bigvortexenergy

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“I looked at what I could control as opposed to what was out of my control,” she says.

“What was out of my control was I never knew what I was going to get from my father, if he was going to OD again; if my record label was going to let me out of my deal, or if I was ever going to legally be able to own my own voice again.”

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Finally in 2013 after a years long battle with her record label, they finally came to a conclusion, which allowed the singer to start recording again. However, the happy news all came to a halt two years later when her father passed away from complications due to his addiction.

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4th Father's Day that I cant call you up. ... Although my dad isn't here in physical form, I feel him all the time. I still talk to him. I know it's a bit "woo woo", but it's true ‍♀️ Happy Father's Day to my old man, Joel Levesque, and to all the dad's around the world. How important you are in the lives of your daughters can't be overstated. You teach us how to love ourselves and receive love from others. Proud of my male friends who are great father's and taking their role seriously. Time is the most precious thing we have, and nothing is more valuable and nourishing than unconditional love and quality time ps- check out Dad's harmonica solo on my Agapé mixtape- Interlude Deux : Joel's Jam

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She remembers a time when her father said to her, "'Addiction is like Arnold Schwarzenegger pumping iron in your backyard just waiting for you.' I remember telling him, 'I don't accept that as my fate. I don't accept that just because this is in my DNA that this has to be my future.' I'll never forget that."

As of late, the singer says that her relationship with herself and alcohol is much different, and says she is in a much happier, and healthier state.

For now Jojo says she's looking forward to turning 30, adding that from what she's heard, "I hear it just gets better."