Kesha Kesha
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Kesha Kesha
Kesha Rose Sebert, known professionally as Kesha, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. In 2005, at 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and publishing company. Although an active musician since then, singing background vocals and writing songs for other artists, her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on rapper Flo Rida's number-one single, "Right Round.
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Dr. Luke's Lawyer Responds To Alleged Emails Released By Kesha
Huffington Post - 12 days
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Dr. Luke Accuses Kesha Of Spreading False Claims About Him To Lady Gaga
Huffington Post - 27 days
The legal battle between Kesha and Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald continues. On Monday, Gottwald filed an amended complaint regarding an alleged text conversation between Kesha and Lady Gaga, according to Pitchfork. The outlet reports Gottwald claims Kesha told Gaga that the producer had raped another female recording artist.  “Dr. Luke seeks to add an additional defamation claim against Kesha based upon the discovery of another false and defamatory statement she made about him that was part of her calculated effort to harm his reputation and business,” Gottwald’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, said in a statement.  According to the complaint, which was obtained by Pitchfork, the text conversation between the two pop stars took place on Feb. 26, 2016. “During this text message conversation, Kesha falsely and basely asserted that Kesha and another female recording artist ... had both been raped by [Dr. Luke]. Kesha’s assertions to Lady Gaga were completely false,” the complaint rea ...
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Kesha Shares Her Christmas Wish in Emotional Instagram Post
ABC News - 2 months
The singer penned an emotional note about her music journey.
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Watch These Inspiring Celebrity Women Get Real About Supporting Each Other
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Kesha Opens Up About Her Mental Health So Others Don't Feel Alone
Huffington Post - 3 months
Kesha is shedding light on her own mental health in order to comfort others who may be having the same experiences. The singer recently opened up to Billboard magazine about dealing with psychological health conditions in the public eye. The conversation comes after a long legal entanglement with her former producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, who she says committed sexual assault during their time working together.  “I’ve battled a lot of things, including anxiety and depression,” Kesha told the publication. “Finding the strength to come forward about those things is not easy. But maybe, by telling my story, I can help someone else going through tough times.” She also told Billboard that she’s working on new music that will “showcase my vulnerabilities as a strength and not as a weakness.” Kesha’s candid attitude is necessary in a culture where stigma often puts people with mental illness in the shadows. Approximately one in five American adults will experience a mental ...
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On Taylor Swift And Whether Famous People Owe Us Their Politics
Huffington Post - 4 months
A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Jul 5, 2016 at 11:24am PDT You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. Here we are: just days away from the election, and stress levels on both sides are at an all-time high. Emails are leaking, polls are going up and down, Donald Trump is still Donald Trump. It’s not a great spot to be in.  In times of confusion and chaos, some are relying on what celebrities have to say to assuage their fears that the United States will become a flaming dumpster fire on Nov. 8. We want the same people who uplift and inspire us through acting and song to do the same on the political scene, lack of political experience and know-how be damned.  And they have. To name a few, Miley Cyrus has popped up in Virginia to campaign for Hillary Clinton, while Anne Hathaway showed up in Pennsylvania to stump for the Democrat ...
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PHOTOS: Kesha Shows Off Her Narwhal Tattoo
ABC News - 4 months
Stars show off their newest tattoos.
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Kesha Was Under ‘Immense Pressure To Starve’ Herself While Working With Dr. Luke
Huffington Post - 4 months
In a revealing new profile with The New York Times magazine, Kesha opened up about the pressure to maintain the party girl image she was best known for early on in her career.  The “We R Who We R” singer told the magazine that her former producer, Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), with whom she’s currently embroiled in a messy legal battle, wanted Kesha to be seen as “fun.”  “Something that was always told to me is: ‘You’re fun. We’re going to capitalize on that,’” she said. “I was like, ‘I am fun, but I’m a lot of other things.’ But Luke’s like: ‘No, you’re fun. That’s all you are for your first record.’ ” The 29-year-old also recalled Gottwald telling her to dumb down her music, the song “TiK ToK” in particular. “I remember specifically him saying: ‘Make it more dumb. Make it more stupid. Make it more simple, just dumb,’” she said. “I was like, OK, ‘Boys try to touch my junk. Going to get crunk. Everybody getting drunk,’ or whatever, and he was like, ‘Perfect.’ ” Not only ...
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Kesha Makes Tearful Plea To Protect LGBT Rights In 2016 Election
The Huffington Post - 5 months
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Kesha Stands With Former Miss Universe Against 'Monster' Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 5 months
If there’s a silver lining to be found in Kesha’s highly public legal battle over the past year, it’s how she used the voice her record label Sony and former producer Dr. Luke tried to silence to challenge injustices she sees in the entertainment industry and beyond.  That’s what makes the “Tik Tok” singer and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado bedfellows in the aftermath of the first presidential debate during which Hillary Clinton mentioned how Donald Trump body-shamed Machado repeatedly after her crowning in 1996.  Like Machado, Kesha has been a frequent target of body-shaming. In her 2014 lawsuit against Dr. Luke, which she continues to pursue in New York, the pop star cited emotional abuse relating to her weight as one of the charges she brought against the producer.  In a heartfelt Instagram post featuring the headline from a recent New York Times article on Machado, Kesha pledged her support for the former beauty queen and slammed Trump as a “bloated, arrogant ego an ...
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Review: Kesha, Dodging the Past, but Still Relying on It
NYTimes - 5 months
Onstage in Brooklyn, the singer tested whether the singer or the song is the object of fans’ affections.
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Sexist Or Just Silly? Painting Hillary as a Fashion Icon
Huffington Post - 5 months
The season of presidential candidates trying to look cool is upon us. If you're a Democrat, the media will lend a helping hand. And Glamour magazine's attempt to hip-ify Hillary Clinton is as awkward -- and hypocritical -- as one might expect. Women want solid information, not gimmicks, whether we're deciding what products to buy or candidate to support. Most of the time, we can tell when we're the target of manipulative marketing, and soundly reject it. We have certain sources of information that we trust -- and even more that we know to tune out. Glamour has had a longstanding and well-deserved reputation as a solid source of information about fashion, beauty and culture for smart, stylish women. Yet when it comes to politics, Glamour's standards drop through the floor. Rather than featuring Clinton's accomplishments and the policy agenda she offers America -- and comparing those to the policies and positions of her competitor, Donald Trump -- Glamour is trying to sell women ...
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Dr. Luke Files Second Defamation Lawsuit Against Kesha's Mom, Pebe Sebert
Huffington Post - 6 months
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Valentino Khan Conquers the Mad Decent Block Party and Talks "Deep Down Low"
Huffington Post - 7 months
An unexpected Drake performance. Kesha's epic comeback. The internet was buzzing about Sunday's Mad Decent Block Party at the MCU Park arena on August 7th in Brooklyn. The festival was a true New York City summer highlight that showcased a wide variety of talent. One of the standouts from the event was 29 year old Valentino Khan, a Los Angeles native who is making a gigantic splash on the EDM scene. Kahn's presence at the festival was calm, cool and collected. It should come off as no surprise because the man behind the smash hit "Deep Down Low" got his start producing hip hop at the age of sixteen. When recalling his younger years, he told me, "I grew up in Los Angeles, born and raised there. I started out producing rap and hip hop songs for guys like T.I., B.o.B. and 2 Chainz. At the same time, my younger brother introduced me to dance music. I listened to the Justice record, Waters of Nazareth and that changed it all for me. As it did for a lot of other people." ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kesha
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 28
    Kesha covered Bob Dylan's song "It Ain't Me Babe" at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Kesha wrote or co-wrote every song on her first two albums and considers herself a songwriter primarily, writing for artists including Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. She possesses a "strong, sneering vibrato", with a distinct yodel-like quality to her voice; she employs actual yodeling on the songs, "Tik Tok" and "Cannibal". Having previously done country, pop rock, and electro, she had a clear idea of the synthpop sound that she wanted for her debut album. The genre was popular at the time, with many of her peers releasing similar output as well. Both of her albums are of the genre with catchy hooks and synthesized productions often compared to pop singer Dev by music critics, creating misunderstandings among the fans of the two. "Party at a Rich Dude's House" and "C U Next Tuesday" have 1980s derived backing, while "Stephen" begins with "Kansas-style vocal harmonies". With the lyrics, "Oh my Nicolas Cage, you're so old / you're prehistoric/ you're like a dinosaur/ D-I-N-O-S-A-you are a dinosaur", "Dinosaur" follows a verse-chorus formula, reminiscent of "Girlfriend" (2007) by Avril Lavigne and "Hollaback Girl" (2005) by Gwen Stefani; the song uses the overt symbolism of dinosaurs, carnivory, and other primitive motifs to tell the story of an older man who preys on younger women. According to Kesha, the song is based on true events. While her vocals on Animal were heavily processed with auto-tune, often to produce rapid stuttering or over-pitch corrected vocal effects, leading to questions on vocal talent, she expressed confidence in her abilities, showing some of her vocal talent in the ballads "Animal" and "Hungover" on the album.
    Kesha appeared during Zedd's slot at the 2016 Coachella festival to perform "True Colors", a track from Zedd's second studio album.
    More Details Hide Details The cameo marked her first high-profile public performance since her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke. A studio version of the collaboration was released as a single on April 29, 2016.
    On April 6, 2016, Judge Shirley Kornreich rejected all of Kesha's claims against Dr Luke.
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    On February 19, 2016, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled against Kesha's request.
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  • 2015
    Age 27
    In December 2015, Kesha revealed that she had formed a country music and classic rock-influenced band called Yeast Infection and performed a live show with the band in Nashville on December 23.
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    On June 10, 2015, Kesha posted a photo to Instagram that supposedly teased the title of her upcoming single "Child of the Moon", but the photo has since been removed.
    More Details Hide Details Kesha also spoke about the song in her Teen Vogue interview, saying that it had a "Stevie Nicks-witchy vibe".
    As of August 2015, Kesha has released little information about her upcoming third studio album.
    More Details Hide Details In her August 2014 Teen Vogue cover interview, Kesha revealed she had recorded 14 new songs while in rehab. On November 2, 2014, a new song written by Kesha titled "Lover", reportedly from Kesha's upcoming third studio album, was uploaded to Schpilkas' SoundCloud, who produced the track alongside Spookey Ruben. The track was later included on Ruben's album "Welsh Rarebits".
    Kesha guest starred in the second season of the U.S. television series Jane the Virgin, which aired on October 12, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The singer played Annabelle, Jane's hostile neighbor.
    On August 4, 2015, Kesha signed with SESAC Inc.
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    On June 13, 2015, Kesha headlined LA!
    More Details Hide Details Pride 2015 Presented by Christopher Street West in West Hollywood, California.
  • 2014
    Age 26
    In October 2014, Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke for alleged sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse, and violation of California business practices which had occurred over 10 years working together.
    More Details Hide Details The lawsuit went on for about a year before Kesha sought a preliminary injunction to release her from Kemosabe Records.
    In June 2014, Kesha claimed a seat as an Expert in ABC's Rising Star alongside Brad Paisley and Ludacris.
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    In January 2014, Kesha checked into rehab, following this she chose to use her birth name in favor of her previous moniker, using a normal "s" instead of the symbol "$".
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  • 2013
    Age 25
    On October 7, 2013, Kesha and Pitbull released a collaboration, "Timber", produced by Luke, which was an international commercial success and became Kesha's third number-one and her eleventh top 10 single on the Hot 100 chart.
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    In July 2013, The Flaming Lips announced that they hoped to release a full-length collaborative album with Kesha, called Lipsha, although it was eventually cancelled in the winter of the same year.
    More Details Hide Details Kesha sent a message to a fan expressing how it was out of her control and that she wanted to release the material, even for free, saying that she did not care about the money.
    A TV series documentary, Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life began airing on MTV in April 2013.
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    Kesha's third single from Warrior, "Crazy Kids", was released in April 2013 and also under-performed, peaking at number 40 on the Hot 100, number 19 on Mainstream Top 40, yet did achieve massive success in South Korea and Belgium peaking at numbers 2, and 5 in those countries respectively.
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    In March 2013, Kesha announced the Warrior Tour, which will support the album.
    More Details Hide Details The North American leg was co-headlined with rapper Pitbull.
  • 2012
    Age 24
    To coincide with the release of the album, Kesha released an illustrated autobiography, My Crazy Beautiful Life through Touchstone Books in November 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The first single taken from Warrior was "Die Young". The song debuted at number thirteen on Billboard Hot 100 and eventually peaked at number 2. The song also charted across Europe and the Anglosphere and reached the top ten in Australia, Canada, and Belgium. "C'Mon", the album's second single, underperformed commercially; only peaking at 27 on Billboard Hot 100 and ending her string of top ten hits on the chart. Despite this, "C'Mon" continued Kesha's streak of top ten hits (with nine) on the Mainstream Top 40 Pop Songs chart graphed by Billboard.
  • 2011
    Age 23
    She began writing for the album while on her own headlining tour in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured productions from her main collaborators Dr. Luke and Max Martin, as well as a song by Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of the alternative band The Flaming Lips. Coyne had reached out to Kesha for a collaboration after hearing that she was a fan of the band. Besides working on Kesha's album, they recorded the song "2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)" for the band's album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.
    In February 2011, Kesha embarked on her first headlining world tour, Get Sleazy.
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    As of June 2011, she has accumulated almost 21 million digital single downloads in the United States alone.
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  • 2010
    Age 22
    After meeting Kesha at the 2010 Grammy Awards and guesting at a number of her concerts, rock singer Alice Cooper asked her to write lyrics for and vocally perform as a devil character for their duet track, "What Baby Wants", on Cooper's album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare.
    More Details Hide Details Kesha was named rights group Humane Society of the United States's first global ambassador for animal rights, for which she is expected to bring attention to such practices as cosmetics testing on animals and shark finning. Kesha received the Wyler Award presented by The Humane Society as a celebrity or public figure who increases awareness of animal issues via the media. She received the award March 23, 2013 at The 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. She also appeared alongside rock singer Iggy Pop in a campaign for PETA, protesting the clubbing of baby seals in Canada and later wrote on behalf of the organization to fast food chain McDonald's over the conditions of their slaughterhouses. Kesha's second studio album, Warrior was released on November 30, 2012.
    With two number ones and four top ten hits, Kesha was named Hot 100 Artist of 2010 by Billboard, with "Tik Tok" topping the year-end chart.
    More Details Hide Details The follow-up single from Cannibal, "Blow" charted in the top ten on the Hot 100.
    She was a supporting act on the summer North American leg of Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth Tour and was awarded Best New Act at the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2010, Animal was re-released with a companion extended play, Cannibal. The lead single taken from Cannibal, "We R Who We R" debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
    Kesha held a benefit concert on June 16, 2010 where all proceeds went to aid victims of the May 2010 Tennessee floods from her hometown Nashville.
    More Details Hide Details She raised close to $70,000 from the event.
    Animal debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 when it was released in January 2010.
    More Details Hide Details It was certified platinum in the United States and had sold two million albums worldwide by September. The lead single of the album, "Tik Tok", broke the record in the United States for the highest single week sales, selling 610,000 digital downloads, the highest ever by a female artist since tracking began in 2003. It spent nine weeks at number one and became the longest running number one by a female artist on her debut single since Debby Boone and "You Light Up My Life" in 1977. As of 2015, "Tik Tok" has sold about 15 million copies, becoming the second best-selling single in the digital history – being the most sold single in history by a female solo artist. Subsequent singles from the album, "Blah Blah Blah", "Your Love Is My Drug" and "Take It Off" achieved similar commercial success each reaching the top ten in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Kesha was also featured on two top ten singles by musician Taio Cruz and electro-pop duo 3OH!3.
    Her debut album, Animal, and her first extended play, Cannibal, were released in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Kesha's music and image propelled her to immediate commercial success, with Animal debuting as the number-one album in the United States. She also achieved two number-one singles, "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R", and a string of top-ten singles from the album and its re-release. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, including "Till the World Ends" for Britney Spears. Warrior, her second studio album, was released in December 2012, spawning Kesha's eighth top-ten single with "Die Young", and her ninth and tenth Top 40 hits with "C'Mon" and "Crazy Kids". "Tik Tok" is among the best-selling digital singles in history, selling over 14 million units internationally. Influenced by various genres and artists, Kesha primarily draws inspiration from music of the 1980s; Madonna, Queen, and Beck have been cited as instrumental to her music. After experimenting with country, pop rock, and electronic music, Kesha stuck with the latter. Thematically, her music generally revolves around escapism, partying, individuality, supernatural moments, rebellion, and grief. Kesha has been involved with animal rights and LGBT activism. She has received several awards and nominations, including her win for MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. As of November 2013, she has reportedly sold over 33 million records (albums, tracks, and ringtones) in the United States and 60 million records worldwide.
  • 2009
    Age 21
    After failing to negotiate with Lava Records and Atlantic Records in 2009, Kesha signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records through Dr. Luke's imprint.
    More Details Hide Details Having spent the previous six years working on material for her debut album, she began putting finishing touches to the album with Luke and Max Martin. For the album, she wrote 200 songs. The album was executive produced by Luke, who produced the majority of the songs with Martin, and producers Benny Blanco and Ammo. The album is primarily of the electropop genre with beats and synths, marking a shift in sound for Luke from then on from his signature pop-rock productions.
    Kesha gained exposure in the mainstream media in early 2009 after appearing on rapper Flo Rida's number one single, "Right Round".
    More Details Hide Details The collaboration happened by accident; she had walked into a recording session for the song with Flo Rida and Dr. Luke. Flo Rida wanted a female voice for the song; Dr. Luke then suggested Kesha for the part. Flo Rida liked the end result so much that they did two more tracks. However, she is not credited for her feature on the United States release of "Right Round" and did not collect any money for the part. She also refused to appear in the video, explaining to men's magazine Esquire that she wanted to make a name for herself on her own terms.
  • 2008
    Age 20
    Kesha appeared in the video for her friend Katy Perry's single "I Kissed a Girl", and sang background vocals for the Dr. Luke-produced song, "Lace and Leather" by Britney Spears in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details DAS soon attracted the attention of songwriter and A&R Kara DioGuardi, who wanted to sign Kesha to Warner Bros. Records. The deal fell through due to her existing contract with Dr. Luke's label. In September, she terminated her contract with DAS, reuniting with Dr. Luke.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 18
    Kesha then signed with David Sonenberg's management company, DAS Communications Inc., in 2006, hardly interacting with Dr. Luke after that.
    More Details Hide Details DAS was tasked with obtaining a major label record deal for Kesha in a year's time in exchange for 20 percent of her music income, with her having the option of ending the relationship if they failed. She worked with several writers and producers while at the company and ended up co-writing Australian pop group The Veronicas' single, "This Love" with producer Toby Gad. While furthering her career in studio, Kesha earned her living as a waitress. While struggling to get by, she began stylizing her name as Ke$ha, explaining the dollar sign as an ironic gesture.
  • 2005
    Age 17
    In 2005, at 18, Kesha was signed to Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and his music publishing company, Prescription Songs.
    More Details Hide Details Kemosabe Records is owned by Sony Music Entertainment and is located in Los Angeles, California. Sony Music Entertainment partnered with Dr. Luke to create Kemosabe Records. Some artists that have signed with Kemosabe Records are Juicy J, Rock City, Zara Larsson, Lil Bibby and many others. Kesha later sang background vocals for Paris Hilton's single, "Nothing in This World". Dr. Luke became preoccupied with other incoming projects, having enjoyed success writing and producing for pop star Kelly Clarkson's album, Breakaway.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 3
    Pebe moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1991 after securing a new publishing deal for her songwriting.
    More Details Hide Details Pebe frequently brought Kesha and her brothers along to recording studios and encouraged Kesha to sing when she noticed Kesha's vocal talent. Kesha attended Franklin High School and Brentwood High School, but claimed that she did not fit in, explaining that her unconventional style (e.g., homemade purple velvet pants and purple hair) did not endear her to other students. She played the trumpet and later the saxophone in the marching band in school, and described herself in an interview with NPR as being a diligent student. After attaining a near-perfect score on her SATs, she was offered a full scholarship at Barnard College, but instead chose to drop out before graduation to pursue her music career. In addition to taking songwriting classes, Kesha was also taught how to write songs by Pebe, and they would often write together when she returned home from high school. Kesha began recording demos which Pebe would give to people she knew. Kesha was also in a band with Lagan. Kesha and Pebe co-wrote the song "Stephen" together when Kesha was 16, Kesha then tracked down David Gamson, a producer that she admired, from Scritti Politti who agreed to produce the song. She dropped out of school at 17, after being convinced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin to return to Los Angeles to pursue a music career, and earned her GED after. Around this time, Pebe answered an ad by reality series The Simple Life, looking for an "eccentric" family to host Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
  • 1987
    Born
    Born on March 1, 1987.
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