Tearful JoJo Reflects on Fighting for Her Career, Battling Substance Abuse, & More in Candid Interview [Watch]

Published: Tuesday 25th Feb 2020 by Rashad

JoJo‘s tale of tragedy and triumph has been so well-documented over the years her loyal fans probably think they know all there is to know about it.  However, a recent interview with our friends at UPROXX suggests that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Strolling down memory lane to reflect on her humble Foxborough beginnings to being a chart champion with early hits ‘Leave (Get Out),’ ‘Too Little, Too Late,’ and more, the 29-year-old broke down discussing her failed relationship with her first label, Blackground Records, the loss of hundreds of recorded songs, and the lengthy legal battle waged against the imprint to control her own likeness and voice.

The war with the defunct, Barry Hankerson-owned company led her to dizzying heights of depression, substance abuse, and more.

Now, before moving forward with her new album (the recently announced ‘Good to Know’), Jo is putting a period on that dark chapter by shedding light on it in an inspirational tell-all interview.

Watch it inside:


Interview highlights

2:35 – Childhood/humble upbringing

5:45 – Meeting Barry Hankerson of Blackground Records

9:15 – Firing her mom as her manager

10:30 – the fall of Blackground Records

11:00 – Experiencing fat-shaming

12:40 – Battling depression, alcohol abuse

15:15 – Filing the lawsuit against Blackground Records

17:00 – the #FreeJoJo movement

18:30 – the mismanagement of the ‘Mad Love’ album

19:40 – Self-financing the re-recording of her first two albums

21:30 – making ‘Good to Know’ album

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  1. Lmfao_Hoe February 25, 2020

    I just want Aaliyah’s One in Million, self titled and Toni’s Libra album on iTunes 🤷🏽‍♀️

    • Bluebird February 25, 2020

      JoJo is a great vocalist. Not Iconic but a great vocalist. still think Reckless/Thinking Out Loud were missed moments.

  2. lucy fur February 25, 2020

    barry hankerson a complete piece of sh*t person

  3. Clarks0oñ February 25, 2020

    I’m back
    February 18, 2020

    That horse face h0£ will fall next week. That just went up thanks to that terrible video the horse released. Screenshot this bih and holla at us next week! Welovetoseeit


    Billboard Hot 100: #25(+1) My Oh My, @Camila_Cabello Feat. @DaBabyDaBaby [11 weeks]. *new peak*

    When u do clownery……..the clown comes back to bite

    A reminder, the last time normani appeared on the billboard hot 100 was in November 2019,

    Normani hasn’t appeared on the charts for 3 months straight. While Camila has 4 billboard hot 100 entries, the most by a female artist in 2020 so far.

    We like to see it

    • Shayla Queen 👑 February 25, 2020

      Stop promoting that Mor-man-li flop 🤣🤣🤣

    • only facts February 25, 2020

      Wait. You mean to tell me, that with streams from the video, it only rose ONE spot?! And you’re bragging about that? Video streams should’ve bumped it like 10 spots. LOL.

  4. Timothy February 25, 2020

    She’s the definition of a true fighter and deserves all the success in the world!

    • Mother February 25, 2020

      Facts! I’m rooting for JoJo, she deserves nothing but success.

  5. Cûûmila Cebolla February 25, 2020

    An amazing talent and human being.

  6. Shayla Queen 👑 February 25, 2020

    JoJo deserves everything ❤️ I will buy the new album to support. I hope there will be a vinyl edition.

  7. Only Facts February 25, 2020

    I want JoJo to win! I love her!

  8. J February 25, 2020

    Watch the entire thing! So good.

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