“Well, some people appreciate me, and some people don’t like me.”
Stacey Ferguson, better known by her stage name, Fergie, was born March 27th 1975 in Hacienda Heights, California. She began a career in show business very early on, as the voice for Sally in two Peanuts cartoons in 1984. From 1984 through 1989 she was on the show Kids Incorporated. Even with a taste early on, she managed to maintain straight A’s throughout school, become a spelling bee champ, a girl scout, and a cheerleader.
While on the set of Kids Incorporated; Fergie , a colleague, Renee Sandstrom, along with female friend Stefanie Ridel formed the all girl group Wild Orchid. The group was active from 1991-2001. The trio released two complete albums, then shot for a third. The record label wouldn’t sign on for the third album, and Fergie left after. During this time Fergie was still pursuing her acting career. She played the role of Ann in an episode of Married with Children in 1994. She also continued to act on the television show Kids Incorporated.
During her stint with Wild Orchids, Fergie became addicted to crystal meth. Even after leaving the group, she continued to use drugs. In 2006 an interview with Time magazine revealed how difficult this period was for her. She was quoted as saying “It was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with”. She attributes a lot of her drug use to suppressing feelings while being a child actor.
An Affair with Meth
In a recent interview, Fergie admits that when she turned 18, she went on a sex and drugs spree. While she refused to say how many men she had been with she simply claimed that she was a ‘very sexual person’. She states she had lesbian affairs and is bisexual. When asked how she would feel should she be judged for her sexual preferences she stated, “No, it doesn’t bother me. I’m just me.”
In 2003, Fergie teamed up with the already established Black Eyed Peas. When front man will.i.am heard her sing the track Shut Up he instantly accepted her to the trio. She went on to perform five more songs for the album Elephunk. The biggest single from that album featured Justin Timberlake, Where is the Love? Topped singles charts in over ten countries. Right before the album was released, she was asked to take over and be the lead vocalist for the band. She was able to see two successful albums with The Black Eyed Peas before she decided to try out a solo career.
Rise to Stardom
Her debut solo album came out in 2006. The Dutchess gave her six hit singles and was quickly one of the most free mp3 downloaded debut albums of all time. Her biggest hit, Big Girls Don’t Cry became her very first #1 hit worldwide. It has also been her most successful single to date. During the American Music Awards in 2007, she won for Favorite Female Artist. She was also nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, she did not win this award. She continued to see success as her song Labels of Love found its way on the Sex and the City movie soundtrack.
After three years of a very successful solo career, Fergie went back to The Black Eyed Peas. Their album The E.N.D. contained the huge hit Boom Boom Pow. This song quickly went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their second single from the album, I Gotta Feeling became yet another success. It stayed fourteen weeks straight at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was the longest running #1 hit in the year 2009. This made the Black Eyed Peas #1 on the countdown with their back to back hits for nearly six months straight.
Back in the Band
She was briefly with Justin Timberlake in the late 1990s. In September of 2004, she met and began to date actor Josh Duhamel. They met through his show Las Vegas. The Black Eyed Peas showed up on an episode. They became engaged in late 2007 and got married in early 2009 in a very private ceremony. The ceremony itself was in fact so private that the guests did not even know the location until the morning of the ceremony. The couple plans on starting a family in 2010.
Fergie is due to sing on Slash’s solo album that will be released in February of 2010. She also went back to acting briefly. She appeared in the star studded movie Nine. She is currently back with The Black Eyed Peas and they are beginning to tour once again.
Did you know that...
- ...she is an avid user of hypnotherapy, saying it helped her get off of her meth addiction and helps her to relax
- ...she is part owner of the Miami Dolphins
- ...Fergie suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder
- ...she continuously denies reports that she has had any plastic surgery done on her face