A Relationship Gone Bad Inspired Mya To Go Vegan
Singer Mya is 38, going on 39 this month, and part of the reason she doesn’t look much different than she did during her “Moving On” days is because the singer is a serious vegan. During a chat with Essence, Mya shared the inspiration behind her major lifestyle change is a “relationship that didn’t work out for several reasons.” Granted, it wasn’t necessarily toxic, but attempts the star made to embrace healthy practices fell apart while she was in the relationship. When it ended, she found the determination to take things a step further by trying veganism, and she’s been sticking to it, now in her fifth year.
“I was vegetarian before. I got into a relationship that didn’t work out for several reasons, and I went back to my vegetarian ways after the relationship to shed the weight that I had gained, as that can often happen,” she said. “But I wanted to be better than I was when I entered the relationship as well as when I left, so I went vegan because I knew that that was the next step.”
In past conversations with MN, Mya brought up that relationship, as well as the benefits and positive changes she experienced by adopting the vegan lifestyle after it, now raw veganism.
“I did vegetarianism and then I got into a relationship. I started eating meat again and cooking and gaining a lot of weight and looking a lot older and like I lost myself. That situation didn’t work out and I said, ‘How do I get myself back, but then take it further?'” she said last December. “So I went back to vegetarianism, which was what I was doing before that relationship, and then took it a step further by entering the vegan world. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I went vegan, but so many things changed. I shed 30 pounds. I felt better. I was doing better mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I was healing myself from the inside out.”
And in terms of future relationships, going vegan has even changed the way she dates. Mya had to become more selective about who she entertains romantically. Back in March, she made it clear that as hard as she might try, she struggles to date men who eat meat.
“Last year I had an experience with someone I’ve known for over 10 years,” she said. “He leaned in to kiss me and I smelled death on his breath. I was just like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.'”