Whether you consider yourself a hardcore hip-hop fan or just a casual radio listener, it’s unlikely that you’ve never heard of Jason Derulo. A Florida native, Derulo started from humble beginnings in The Sunshine State before rising to be a worldwide star. With his recently released song Savage Love now echoing in your head on repeat, you might want to learn a bit more about the man behind the music. Check out these interesting facts about Jason Derulo you may not have known!

With cultural roots in Haiti and an early life in Florida, Derulo’s life experiences shaped who he is today.

Music became part of his life early on, and his passion only continued to grow as he continued his education, expressed himself through different mediums, and broke into the performance world.

Today, along with making music that the entire world enjoys, he still presents an image of laidback, genuine charm — especially on social media. With tons of photos of himself, his dogs, hilarious TikTok videos, and other general shenanigans, Derulo is a relatable figure we can all identify with in some way.

So, whether you’re a fan of his music, his dancing, or his TikTok videos, here are a few more facts you may not have known about Jason Derulo.

1. He's a certified Floridian, born in the city of Miramar.

2. He attended performing arts schools in Florida and wrote his first song at 8 years old.

3. He is Haitian-American, with his family hailing from the island.

4. “Derulo” is his stage name, a play on the spelling of his last name Desrouleaux.

5. In 2012, he suffered a neck injury during a dance rehearsal that almost left him paralyzed.

Though his recovery ended up giving him a new sense of passion and caution for fitness.

6. He became a dance master to compete on the first season of an Australian dance talent show.

But the show was canceled due to poor ratings.

7. He makes hilarious TikTok videos that he calls “Mililimeals”, centered around quick and over-the-top recipes.

8. He supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

A video posted to his IG from May 31 showcases moments of police brutality in history, including the horrific events that resulted in the death of Georgia Floyd, set to snippets of MLK's famous "I Have A Dream" speech. Derulo's caption reads, "If we can be taught to hate we can be taught to love Every voice counts. #blacklivesmatter." He followed up the post by participating in #blackouttuesday on the social media platform.

9. He plays Rum Tum Tugger in the 2019 release of Cats. 

If you watched the film and didn't realize it was him, do you recognize him now?

If you didn't love the guy already, this list probably just might have made him that much cooler!