In addition to celebrating the release of her first major movie and the first anniversary of her relationship with songwriter Jason Derulo, the singer and actress is also reveling in a svelte new shape after dropping more than 50 pounds since winning American Idol in 2007.
Sparks, who starred in “Sparkle” along with the late Whitney Houston, was understandably happy when she and Derulo got away to the Bahamas for some fun in the sun to celebrate their good fortune.
The lovebirds, both aged 22, were spotted relaxing on the white sandy beach and luxury pool at the Cove at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, where they met and fell in love one year earlier.
Sparks showed off her newly toned beach body and various tattoos in a skimpy patterned strapless bikini while her beau flaunted his muscular physique in swim shorts.
Since her rise to fame on American Idol in 2007, she has lost 50lbs to get the best of an ongoing battle with her weight.
And she was clearly keen to show it off as she frolicked in her bikini on Monday.
In a recent interview, Sparks admitted that the road to her new figure was not an easy process, telling Redbook magazine that there was no magic way to losing the pounds.
“My whole journey has been about self-acceptance,” she said.
“There’s no quick or magical way to lose weight. You just have to do it the natural way— diet and exercise and stick to it – and be able to do it at your own pace. Everyone has their own thing.”
Sparks proudly spoke to Shape Magazine about overcoming her weight battle.
“I knew I had a long road ahead of me,” she said. “I was barely working out, and my diet was a mess. I had to address when, what, and how much I was eating.”
Sparks decided to change her eating and exercise pattern when she realized that she should be making the most of herself now that she’s at her prime in her twenties.
“I just wanted to be healthy,” she said. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m in my prime. I should be happy and fit.’ That was the moment I decided that changes needed to be made.”