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Singer Ne-Yo made global headlines last week when he announced – via live video on social media – that he was going plant-based.

In the video, which showed him shopping in a grocery store and pleading for recipes and advice, the star said he had watched documentary What the Health, and was no longer prepared to eat animal products.

Viral

Ne-Yo opened up about the attention his viral video attracted in an interview with the Herald Sun, claiming he ‘wasn’t trying to make a major statement’.

He added: ” A friend was urging me to watch What the Health on Netflix; I was running from it for a long time.

“I think I might have been a T-Rex in another life, I was a lover of meat. But the second I watched it I instantly ran to refrigerator and threw out all the deli meats. This was not something that was planned, it just happened.

“There’s no such thing as a coincidence – I was supposed to watch the film and here I am. I can’t know what I know and still eat that stuff. I just can’t.”

Past attempts

In his famous video, Ne-Yo talks about attempting a plant-based diet in the past, and only lasting a month.

But now he says his health has given him a focus and reason to stick to his new lifestyle. He said: “It’s not an easy diet at all. But now just thinking about the alternative is the focus. 

“Meat literally makes you sick. It’s harder for me because I’m not really a fruit and vegetables kinda guy, I never have been, even from childhood, but I gotta do what I gotta do.”

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Maria Chiorando

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.