This Is Why JoJo Is Now VEGAN! And How Russel Simmons Helped

In 2004, when we first heard singer JoJo, she had burst onto the music scene at the tender age of 13 and managed a number one hit single with “Leave (Get Out).” Now, she has re-emerged all grown up—and that young teenager has become a confident, no-holds-barred vegan adult.

In promoting her 2017 world tour, she told FAULT Magazine:

I first was interested in a plant-based diet because of my voice. … I’m singing every night, and I wanted that to be easier for me. So, I cut out dairy first, and then I started talking to my vegan friend and I started to feel what they told me about how when you eat animal products, you’re ingesting fear, death, and disease. I didn’t feel good about doing that anymore. After reading Russell Simmons’ “Happy Vegan” and watching documentaries, I feel like it’s the choice for me.

Feeling inspired?

Going vegan is easier than ever. Do your part for your health, the environment, and animals. It’s never too early (or late) to make the kind, smart choice to eat a plant-based diet, giving your health a boost and sparing animals suffering. It’s also never been easier to stop eating meat, eggs, and dairy foods—there are countless compassionate options in grocery stores and restaurants across the country.