JoJo reveals she was diagnosed with clinical depression a decade ago: ‘I didn’t feel any shame’

JoJo has opened up about her diagnosis of clinical depression she received ten years ago.

The Small Things hitmaker admits she didn’t feel ‘any shame’ seeking help for her mental health as there is a ‘history of mental health issues in her family’.

She said: ‘Because there is a history of mental health issues in my family, I didn’t feel any shame seeking help. Those of us who have a predisposition toward depression or a chemical imbalance – sometimes we just need a little help.’

‘No shame’: JoJo has opened up about her diagnosis of clinical depression she received ten years ago. Seen here in January 2020

JoJo’s father Joel Levesque died following complications stemming from his opioid addiction in 2015.

And the 29-year-old singer opened up about how she felt ‘overwhelmed’ by her career at the beginning and turned to alcohol to cope.

She added: ‘I was feeling overwhelmed and found myself wanting to get out of my mind because I was so scared and so sad. At the end of the day I am a product of a family with substance-abuse issues.’ 

‘When I woke up and didn’t know how I got home, I was like, “This is not okay.”‘

Full disclosure: The 29-year-old singer opened up about how she felt ‘overwhelmed’ by her career at the beginning and turned to alcohol to cope. Seen here in 2017

JoJo – who has been open about being involved in a dispute with her record label after her meteoric rise to fame – felt the most important thing was to ‘control’ what she could and accept there were some things out of her control.

Speaking to People magazine, she shared: ‘I looked at what I could control as opposed to what was out of my control.

‘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.’

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Grammy Museum announced JoJo would be participating in an Instagram Live event in honor of the 13th anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black single release.

The event will take place on April 30 and also feature Winehouse’s stylist Naomi Parry and close friend Catriona Gourlay. 

Father and daughter: JoJo’s father Joel Levesque [pictured] died following complications stemming from his opioid addiction in 2015

JoJo reveals she was diagnosed with clinical depression a decade ago: ‘I didn’t feel any shame’ 

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