Aside from Jason Derulo’s killer body in the music video for his track “Naked,” it’s a lyric about the singer’s ex-girlfriend Jordin Sparks that is striking a chord with fans around the world.
“Yeah I broke up with my ex, I ain’t talk to her since / The only time I need the ‘Sparks’ is when I light up my spliffs,” Jason sings on the track. And although the relationship between the former lovebirds has long expired, Derulo tells HipHollywood exclusively that it was a raw emotion that he wanted to let out.
The 26-year-old says he doesn’t “have much to say about the situation” but that in “that period in time, I said exactly what I felt.”
This summer, Derulo will be releasing a mixtape that will focus mainly on r&b. And according to the singer, songs like “Naked” and lyrics about past relationships “is what this whole thing has always been about. Just not caring about anything else but what I have to say.”
The Florida native says “It’s not about a record sale, it’s not about people buying a single, it’s not about people purchasing a mixtape. It’s about me saying what I’ve always wanted to say.”
Jason and Sparks split back in 2014 after three years of dating. The two first began seeing each other in 2011 and took their relationship public in 2012.
Things between the two, however, got pretty nasty after the breakup; both speaking ill about each other. “There was a lot of tension in the relationship for a lot of different reasons,” Jason told Ryan Seacrest following the split.
And while Jason opened up about the breakup publicly through interviews, Jordin used her gifted voice to shade the singer. Sparks released an EP titled #ByeFelicia and on the project there was a song just for Jason.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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