After a three-year hiatus, plenty of soul searching and a restored relationship with God, Jazmine Sullivan is returning to the music industry and she says “now I feel like I’m ready.” In an interview with Madame Noire, the 27-year-old songstress opens up about her time way and all the details that inspired on her upcoming album Reality Show.
“It was a lot of different things that made me feel like I needed to takea break. And it was a lot of personal things,” she shares. “It was some things as far as the industry and my work. But what’s most important to me is that I did get that time to kind of mature and in that time, I’m still working on it, but I feel like I’m so much more comfortable with myself and who I am and I what I have to offer to the world and to the industry. Moreso than when I first started.”
“I put a lot of work into my album and a lot of work into just myself period,” she adds. “I just feel like it’s time. I don’t need to hide anymore.”
She goes on to say that her new project is inspired by one of her favorite pastimes. “I’m addicted to reality shows,” she reveals with a laugh. “Since I’ve been out the spotlight, that’s pretty much what I love doing to pass the time. I thought it was cute at first to name it after something I was addicted to. But my album is my reality show. It’s the closest thing at this point that people get to be able to see what my life has been since I’ve been gone.”
This time around, Jazmine says she’s more focused on what really matters. “Definitely my relationship with God is something I have to stay focused on. That is the center for me, and for everybody. I think because I’m working on that, everything else is falling into place now,” she says. “I’m just ready to come back and do what I know I’m supposed to be doing. And this time I feel like I’m going to enjoy it so much more because I’m just so much more comfortable with who I am.”
And as far as her slimmer frame, she’s owning it! “I wouldn’t say I’ve lost a lot of weight but I’m definitely a lot more comfortable with my body. I think as you get older, you can kind of own it a little more. I’m not as small as I was when I first came out…but I think I’m just more comfortable with my body now,” she shares. “When people see it they feel that energy. When you’re comfortable, and you’re feeling yourself and you think you’re cute, people feed off of that. Let me tell you, my journey with my looks, it fluctuates like every other woman in the world. Sometimes you see me and I might have eaten too much macaroni [laughs], and sometimes I may be a little slimmer. It’s a constant journey for me. At this point in my life, I’m not going to sweat it. I think before, I was thinking about it so much that it kind of made me a little miserable. But this is who I am, and I’m just owning my body.”