A shocking dance injury changed Jason Derulo's life

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In January 2012, Jason Derulo was riding high.

Within three years, he’d become one of the world’s most successful pop stars, selling millions of records and hitting the top of the charts with singles such as Whatcha Say, In My Head and Ridin’ Solo.

But then one afternoon, as he was rehearsing for his upcoming world tour in Miami, Florida, Jason‘s entire world was turned upside down.

He performed a difficult acrobatic dance move, slipped and broke his neck, only narrowly avoiding being paralysed for life.

For a painful 12 months, Jason was forced to withdraw from the world of pop, unable to complete even the most menial of day-to-day tasks on his own.

Even going to the shower alone was impossible.

But his incapacity had a surprising consequence: it saw a friendship with former American Idol winner (and Chris Brown duet partner) Jordin Sparks, 23, develop into a full-on relationship.

Jason, 23, depended on Jordin while was recovering and fell in love.

‘Yes, it definitely brought me closer to her,’ he tells Now’s Dan Wootton.

‘Before my injury, I wasn’t even looking for anything serious.

I was just doing my thing. I wasn’t on that page at all.

‘I thought she was a nice girl and I liked spending time with her, but my head wasn’t at that place.

‘Then the injury helped me to see the light.

‘Without it, we wouldn’t have happened.

Read Dan Wootton‘s full interview with Jason Derulo in this week’s Now magazine dated 8 July 2013 – download the digital edition now!

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