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.
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.”
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.”