JoJo shares 'real behind-the-scenes' video about suffering from stage fright, anxiety

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JoJo open up about having stage fright (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)
JoJo open up about having stage fright. (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

JoJo still gets stage fright.

On Monday, the 30-year-old singer shared a TikTok to her Instagram page that showed various clips from her performance on Sunday at the Miss Universe competition as she struggled with anxiety. JoJo captioned the post "real-behind-the-scenes..."

"Some of you may know that I've been struggling with stage fright and anxiety for the past few years," she wrote in the subtitle for the video where she sat with tears in her eyes. The next clip showed her in the gym "trying to shake off the jitters."

"A few hours before my performance at Miss Universe last night, I felt overcome with negative thoughts and fears. I used some of the healthy tools I've learned over time to center myself and actually come back to my body and the present moment. I'm so grateful to my support system for loving me through my emotional ups and downs. Honestly, after a good cry, a good run, a shift in perspective, and full GLAM - I ended up having a good time - and got to sing for people in 170+ countries. Thank you God," JoJo praised.

Celebrity friends and fans flooded the comments with their support and applauded the star for being vulnerable.

"This honesty and truth is powerful. Here for you always," Jessie J said. "U got this Queen," Sevyn Streeter wrote, with Romeo Miller adding, "Superstar, since day 1," and a fan chiming in with, "The thing with @jojo is she’s always real and authentic.. your [sic] amazing."

"The fact that you are able to still go up on stage and do it, even through your fear and anxiety, is a huge deal," another commenter praised. "I admire your courage and your immense talent JoJo!"

The "Not that Kinda Girl" singer has been open over the years about her struggles with mental health, especially when it comes to being a child star, something she admitted gave a "false sense" of her "self-worth."

"You believe that your self-worth is directly related to what you produce and how that performs. I don't think that's healthy, particularly to be instilled in a 13-year-old. And it's taken time to realize that I am more than that and that my value is actually in who I am intrinsically," she explained in an interview with People in October.

"I realized that I was trying to just push through and not think about the things that were eating me up, thinking about my concerns for my family, my fears, the state of the world, my personal accountability."