The singer talks about her father’s drug addiction in the series and how important it is to “elect politicians who will make a difference with drug abuse and addiction.”
“I knew my dad was struggling with narcotics when I was 11, 12,” the singer, 25, said in the clip. She revealed that her father became disabled at his job and had to go on unemployment when she was little.
“After he stopped working is when he really got into narcotics," she said. "I never knew why he was out of it or why he would fall asleep at the wheel or why he would slur his words," she said, explaining that her mom kept her father's issues from her to protect her.
In the clip, she said her father’s addiction strained their relationship. But one day, while she was in L.A., she got a call that her father overdosed again and she immediately flew back to New Hampshire to visit him.
“He was hooked up to a bunch of machines, and he had fallen, and he was out of it; he didn’t know what was going on,” she said.
Her aunts wanted to cut her dad off for what he was putting his family through. "But I looked at him and saw him hooked up to these machines, and I just couldn’t give up on him…that’s my one dad," she explained. "I just couldn’t do it. In that moment, I felt, who am I to give up on you. I just decided that I was gonna love him, and I’m really glad I did.”
Last year, JoJo’s father died at the age of 60. She says he didn’t have the right resources available to help him. JoJo believes there are better ways to handle people struggling with addiction. "Throwing an addict in jail is not doing anything to help the problem…We’re wasting our money, we’re misusing our resources, and I think we’re hurting ourselves," she said.
The singer added: “It’s hard, I guess, to have sympathy for a lot of drug addicts because we think that it’s their fault or they asked for it or something, but you do not ask to have your life shaken up that way and to have everything taken from you. That’s what addiction does: It strips everything from you…"
“I see the way I lost my own father to addiction—and it makes me sad that people feel so distraught that they risk it all and end up losing everything.”
I missed you even while you were here. I will miss you infinitely more now that you're gone. Thank you for holding on as long as you did. I know you tried your best. You are free now. I will love you always, Dad. I can feel you with me. Rest now. In PEACE. I miss your voice. I wish more people could have heard it. I promise I will keep singing for you. Joel Maurice Levesque. January 8, 1955- November 14, 2015.