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9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Jason Derulo

From his secret to get a six-pack to his shark tank, get to know the "Want to Want Me" hitmaker a little more

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Canned Tuna Is His Secret Ab Weapon

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Singer Jason Derulo (L) performs onstage during KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 at Staples Center o
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Jason Derulo is not shy about flaunting his six-pack, but his secret to keep muscles strong and lean? Tuna...straight from the can.

In an interview with Billboard, he revealed he swears by the fish as "an emergency tummy tightener." Water and spoonfuls of energy powder are his other go-to snacks. Yum.

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He Asked Stevie Wonder for a Collab at the White House

There's a slew of collaborators on Derulo's just-released Everything Is 4 album (J.LoMeghan Trainor, Keith Urban), but the most impressive has to be Stevie Wonder, who J propositioned for a collaboration at a White House dinner.

"I got to asking him, 'Stevie, would you want to play harmonica on one of my songs?' And he was like, 'Of course, man. We are family,'" he told ET. "I was like, 'Would you like to sing on that song too?' And he was like, 'Man, if I hear that song on the radio and I am not on it, I will whoop your ass!'" 

Most people would be happy enough to simply hang with the President & Co. Not Jason, he makes a special night that much more memorable. 

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His Basketball Coach Discovered His Musical Potential

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Jason DeRulo attends the Power 106's All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game Benefiting Homeboy In
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Before topping the charts was a reality, a young Jason had his sights set on conquering the backstreet court. Frank Harris (a former professional player overseas) noticed a 12-year-old Derulo playing on a Miami court and offered to coach him.

"He was a good athlete," Harris said of the singer, who won four state titles as a part of his Florida high school team. "But everything was between the legs three times and around the back. His game was too fancy."

A young Jason later revealed his other dream to Harris—eventually showcasing both his dance and songwriting skills that the two worked to make Derulo the hitmaker he is today. 

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Jason's House Has a Shark Tank

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In May, Jason spoke about a few renovations he was making on his 12,500-square-foot Los Angeles mansion. 

He's putting in a shark tank and an NBA, regulation-sized basketball court, not to mention he's currently commissioning black-and-white paintings of John LennonPrinceJanet Jackson and "people of that caliber" to decorate the place.

Standard home decor, right?

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The Dude Was Almost a Broadway Star

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Jason Derulo performs on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 on Decemb
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Before his big breakout, the "Dirty Talk" singer was a musical theater major at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan and even landed a role in Rent on Broadway.

"I'm singing, dancing and having the time of my life,” he recalled of the time later. "It could've been a secure job, but I would've been locked into [theater] forever." The opportunity inspired him to pursue the music industry where he got his first starts ghostwriting for Lil Wayne and other top stars.

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He Missed an Opportunity to Collab With Kanye...

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...because he was too polite!

While promoting his new single "It Girl" in the U.K., Jason was on the same London-bound flight with Yeezus. Derulo wanted to ask if they could collaborate one day, but Kanye was sleeping the entire time and Jason didn't want to wake him.

"He's somebody that’s just been able to reinvent and keep it fresh and just do sh*t that nobody’s doing," Jason told Guilty Pleasures. "On my way here I saw him on the plane, I actually planned on going and saying 'what's up,' but he slept the entire 10-hour flight. I was like 'Dammit!' I was going to ask him to get on this song!"

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His Relationship With Jordin Sparks Might Have Been Fake

It broke our hearts when his relationship Jordin Sparks went sour after three years of seeing the American Idol champion. But maybe we shouldn't miss them so much...

In a revealing interview with Billboard, the singer mentioned his favorite TV show Empire and made a point to mention how accurate its portrayal of celebrities dating as publicity stunts is. "That happens all the time," he told the mag, without elaborating.

Uh, we're not making any judgement...but is there something you guys aren't telling us?

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Young Jason Suffered From Asthma

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Despite his cardio-intense stage shows today, the "Whatcha Say" star suffered from extreme asthma from his infancy til about 13 years old. 

"If I was around pets, dairy, or dust, I'd have an asthma attack," he told Us Weekly

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A Fan Once Hid in a Janitors Closet for Hours to Meet Him

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: Jason Derulo fans at Shepherds Bush Empire on August 19, 2010 in London, England. (Photo
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No doubt Jason Derulo's hardcore fanbase—known affectionately as Derulers—play a big role in sending him to the top of the charts. But the most zealous (i.e. craziest) Deruler has to be the one that hid in a janitors closet all night, only to run out to meet the singer in the middle of a European show in 2011.

"She was holding on for dear life when security was trying to pull her off me," he recalled to YRB magazine. "I was OK. Everybody else had heart attacks."

But he ultimately looks back on the memory with fondness, "As songwriters or performers, we don't know how deeply we affect someone, what our music means to them. So, that crying and stuff, that's really a beautiful thing. That means you really touched someone so deeply."

Good attitude.

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