Jordin Sparks is showing off her body transformation after dropping 50 pounds in the last year and a half, but says her big changes weren’t about responding to her body critics but instead about becoming healthier.
Sparks has been working on her transformation since early 2013, changing her diet and becoming more active. On Friday, she opened up about the changes she’s made and actually revealed her weight, which she said fluctuates between 155 and 161.
Jordin Sparks said her decision to get healthy came after a bout with a serious sickness just before her 23rd birthday.
“I had gotten really sick,” the 24-year-old singer-songwriter said in an interview on the Today show. “And I was about to celebrate my birthday and I was like, ‘I should be in the prime of my life right now. I shouldn’t be feeling like this. I really need to make my health a priority.’ And that’s what I did.”
“I knew I had a long road ahead of me. I was barely working out, and my diet was a mess,” she said.
Weight has always been a struggle for Jordin Sparks. She was thrown into the spotlight when she won American Idol at 17, and said from that moment she started to face pressure about her body.
“It does get a little crazy,” Sparks said. “I think not succumbing to the pressure is harder than actually giving into it.”
But despite the pressures, Jordin Sparks said she was never uncomfortable with her size.
“Instead, I loved the way I looked before,” she said. “I was comfortable with how I looked. But, a lot of it has been really focusing on becoming healthier. And the plus side was that my body changed, which was awesome. It wasn’t about being a zero or a certain size or anything like that.”
Now Jordin Sparks is showing off her weight loss. The actress and singer posted an Instagram photo of herself in a bikini.