"He is my greatest heartbreak," JoJo says of her father, who died last year after decades of battling addiction

By Jeff Nelson
January 08, 2016 03:50 PM

JoJo‘s comeback tour continues.

The singer dropped the music video for her song “Save My Soul” on Friday, and like the single, the clip is inspired by her father’s struggle with addiction.

“Save My Soul” is about addiction. Of all kinds. I wanted to convey the feeling of powerlessness I’ve felt in my life in an uncomplicated way and show a range of what it might look like for others who’ve been there,” the singer, 25, said in a statement upon the video’s release.

JoJo – who rose to fame at the age of 13 thanks to her hit “Leave (Get Out)” – revealed on Instagram in November that her father had died, and she filmed her video with longtime friend director Zelda Williams. (JoJo starred alongside her pal’s late father, Robin Williams, in 2006’s RV.)

JoJo. Inset: Zelda Williams.
Inset: Getty

“His death honestly felt like it came out of nowhere … and yet I had been mourning him for years … if that makes any sense,” JoJo continued in her statement. “I know all too well from seeing it around me that the fight is not easy. It’s every day. All consuming. I’m not mad at my dad. I love him and I’m sad. He is my greatest heartbreak. This song, which had always been personal to me, takes on even deeper meaning now.”

Despite the heartbreak it led to, her dad’s death has inspired JoJo, too.

“Losing my father at the end of last year and knowing the propensity for addiction of all kinds that runs deep in my blood from both sides makes it next-level important for me to LIVE – not just be alive, but THRIVE in his honor. I can do this,” she said.

“Save My Soul” is one of JoJo’s first newly released songs in years. Since releasing her last album in 2006, the singer was embroiled in a seven-year battle with her former record label and was finally released from her contract in 2014. In August, she released III, a series of singles (aka a “tringle”), which included “Save My Soul.”