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JoJo Claims Her Record Label Tried Forcing Her to Lose Weight by Taking Diet Supplements

The singer says a strict diet like the one she was forced to undergo, is common amongst female singers

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    In this file photo, singer JoJo attends NYLON Magazine's annual Young Hollywood May issue event at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on May 12, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

    Singer JoJo is opening up about a problematic pressure she says many young girls are facing in the music industry.

    The "Leave (Get Out)" songstress recently sat down with PopSugar for a candid interview, revealing that she used to inject herself with weight loss supplements in order to please her record label.

    "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," the 25-year-old disclosed. "It makes your body only need certain calories, so I ate 500 calories a day."

    JoJo also says she isn't the only artist who has undergone such harsh scrutiny. In fact, the singer says a strict diet like the one she was forced to undergo, "is a common thing [female singers] do."

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    At 18-years-old, JoJo said she understood it "was the most unhealthy thing I've ever done," but explained that if she didn't comply, she feared her career would suffer. "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," she added.

    "I felt terrible about myself and I was upset that I even subscribed to the standard they wanted me to be at," JoJo said.

    In the years that followed, JoJo said she struggled with her self-confidence and that it wasn't until she turned 21 that she decided to fight back against the industry's unrealistic beauty ideals and refocus her values.

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    "Being strong physically, mentally and emotionally is really what I love," she said.

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