“I remember the first time I ever got to meet Elton was backstage at one of his concerts and I got to talk to him for 45 minutes,” JoJo exclusively told E! News Nov. 20 at the Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium concert. “I was only 15 and that conversation changed my life forever.”
Another would follow, though. Years later, when the 19-year-old came out in Jan. 2021, Elton called her to share his support. As she recalled, he said, “‘Hello JoJo, darling. This is Elton.’ And I was like, ‘Mom, get the camera out. It’s Elton John.'”
He’s not the only superstar who inspired her journey.
“To see the way that the world accepted Elton John for who he was, Freddie Mercury for who he was,” she explained, “all of those people who came before me in the gay community made me feel like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be OK. Those people are who they are, people know them and people love them.'”