Jordin Sparks Gets Strength – and Fitness Inspiration – from Her Mom
05/09/2014 AT 06:00 PM EDT
"It's her inner strength and courage," says Sparks, who recalls, with a laugh, a time her mother's muscles came into play. "When I was about 12, she told me not to lock my bedroom door. But I did. What did she do? She took my door completely off! It wasn't like she said, 'You're in trouble,' it was, 'You have no door for six months!'"
Still, Jordin credits Jodi for championing her career. "We were watching American Idol, and I said, 'I want to do that,'" remembers Jordin. "And she said, 'We will do whatever it takes.'"
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