Ruben Studdard says he lost weight in 2008, but it wasn't for him. It was for other people.
Owning the fact that he had to want this for himself, "The Biggest Loser" reality competition star and "American Idol" winner broke down his truth with Billboard Tuesday.
"My earlier weight loss in 2008 was for other people. This time it's for me. I was fighting so hard to figure out how to get on top musically that I neglected to take care of myself. It was unfortunate, but the truth. And now I'm finding a way to fix that balance," Studdard confessed.
Claiming "I most definitely feel better than I did before," Studdard does feel somewhat constrained when it comes to musical tags.
Asked "Do you feel constrained by the urban AC tag frequently affixed to R&B acts?" Studdard told Billboard "I do sometimes feel like it puts you in a box. It's hard for an urban AC record to go top 40."
Nonetheless, Studdard has a better idea of where he wants to go professionally in the coming years.
"Being on the "Biggest Loser" was definitely a time and place for a lot of self-reflection. To think about your accomplishments, mistakes, all the things that have made you who you are; about being on a reality show to get your life together. When David and I wrote "Meant," I was thinking about where I'm trying to get to and that's what came out. Starting out, I was this wide-eyed, immature 23-year-old with a slight direction as to where I wanted to go. Now I'm grown up with full direction and scope as to where I want to be in the next five-10 years: musical supremacy," he told Billboard.
Ruben Studdard's new album, "Unconditional Love," is availabe now via Verve.