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Jordin Sparks: 10 things you didn't know

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 8/20/2015 Patrick Ryan

Jordin Sparks arrives at the Teen Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. © Jordan Strauss/Invision for Candie's/AP Images Jordin Sparks arrives at the Teen Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. Six years and one messy breakup later, Jordin Sparks is finally back with new music.

The Double Tap singer made headlines last fall when she split from boyfriend of three years, pop star Jason Derulo, but has since channeled that experience into third album Right Here Right Now (out Friday), her first since 2009. "I feel like I'm coming into my own with the music and as a woman," Sparks, 25, says. "It really applies to my life and everything that's happened this past year, so it just makes a lot of sense."

Here are ten things we learned chatting with the American Idol alum:

1.She's a baking pro. "In my family, I make the best cupcakes, because I just love to mess around with different flavors. But I also really love to make breakfast, like eggs and burritos and sandwiches."

2. And a coding novice. "I have an app on my phone called Swifty. My manager turned me on to it and it teaches you HTML and coding for computers, because that's really interesting. I also have Japanese language apps, because that would be really cool to learn eventually."

Movie still from "Minions" © Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

Movie still from "Minions"

3. She was super disappointed in ... Minions? "It makes me really sad to say this, because I'm such a kid at heart. I actually walked out of it! I just didn't get it. Maybe I wasn't in the right mindset or maybe there weren't enough people in the theater laughing along, but it just didn't do it for me. I love Despicable Me, though."

4. Big Sean's I Don't F— With You is great for breakups. "I love the chorus: It's very simple, but it means a lot. You can put a lot of emotion behind that. If somebody's going through a breakup and they need to sing or yell something at the top of their lungs, that is the song to play."

'Prince Lestat,' a novel by Ann Rice. © Anchor 'Prince Lestat,' a novel by Ann Rice. 5. She's now reading vampire novel Prince Lestat by Anne Rice. "I just started, I'm on like Chapter 4, so I've barely made a dent. But I do really like it so far, I love the way she describes everything. I like fantasy stuff and science fiction books a lot."

6. Her biggest fears are moths and the ocean. "It's just weird — there shouldn't be bugs that are fluffy and fuzzy, they just gross me out. And I'm very scared of ocean water, it scares me to death that I can't see what's under me. Like, have you seen what's at the bottom of the ocean? I can look at it, but I don't want to be in it."

7. You'll always find matches in her purse. "I have a lot, actually. I like to collect matches from different places, like restaurants and stuff. I have like five of them from Zumanity, the Cirque du Soleil show."

N Sync performs during the Medals Ceremony at Medals Plaza during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 23, 2002. © Doug Pensinger/Getty Images N Sync performs during the Medals Ceremony at Medals Plaza during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 23, 2002. 8. 'N Sync was her very first concert. "I was in fifth grade, and I went with my friend Melissa, and Pink and Sisqó opened for them. It was so crazy, I remember being in the balcony screaming my head off for 'N Sync and then the confetti fell, and I caught some. My friend gave me this little picture frame that had my ticket, a picture of 'N Sync and some of the confetti in there. I still have it."

9. She's never tardy to the party. "I hate being late, it gives me really bad anxiety, but it's a really big pet peeve when other people are late, too. Also, when I'm flying and I'm reading my book or a magazine, and somebody reads over my shoulder? That happens a lot, and I don't know why, but it just makes me so uncomfortable."

Doritos Locos tacos and a fountain drink are arranged for a photograph at a Taco Bell restaurant, a unit of Yum! Brands Inc., in Redondo Beach, California, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. © Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg Doritos Locos tacos and a fountain drink are arranged for a photograph at a Taco Bell restaurant, a unit of Yum! Brands Inc., in Redondo Beach, California, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. 10. Taco Bell is her fast food pleasure. "It was my favorite when I was eating it all the time. The Doritos Locos Tacos, those were just — I was like, 'Really, you're going to put Doritos and everything that makes Taco Bell just amazing inside of it? Like, I'm going to die.' So good."

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