Stacy on Kids Incorporated was the coolest.
The 10-year-old bubbly singer with the killer costumes of the '80s, perfectly reddened bangs and resonant voice that contradicted her age was a Disney Channel princess long before Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera had their great breaks in the Mickey Mouse Club .
And in 1989, after she left the program …
Hmm. We all returned to our lives equally young. Some fans accompanied the singer whose full name was Stacy Ann Ferguson on his trip with Wild Orchid a domesticated group of girls from the 90s who also introduced Kids Incorporated & # 39; s Renee Sandstrom and at one point was handled by the mother of KI alum and "Toy Soldiers" singer Martika . (Attention should be paid to the "Be Mine" video of 1998)
But for the most part, "is that Stacy of Kids Incorporated ?!" The moment for the masses did not come until the pop star known as Fergie joined the world stage with Black Eyed Peas in 2002.
His first outing with the band, the 2003 album Elephunk with "Hey Mama" and "Where Is the Love", was a great success, and the quartet- Will.i.am Apl.de .ap Taboo and his new vocalist, Fergie, were out of commission.
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Once Fergie was in front and center again, however, the question came: So … what have you been doing?
That turned out not to be so simple of a question.
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"I always worked as a child," Fergie recalled to Radio.com last December. "I was working at the school, and then I would go to the summers, and it was a fun job, it was what I wanted to do, but it was always on time, always professional, all that, I rebelled a bit in later life and acted like a child, but it's okay, I guess I'm about 10 immature years ago.
"So I wanted a free year in the entertainment world, just to be normal. That was when I was 14 years old. And at age 15, my friend calls me and says: "Hey, this manager wants to start this singing group for girls." So I started at age 15, after school, to go to the Valley [San Fernando] with my mother and went to these rehearsals with these girls and I was in this group of girls for 11 years called Wild Orchid. "
For now, it's nice It's well known that Fergie spent a year of that time between childhood stardom and the fame of Black Eyed Peas just floating over the abyss.
He sat with Oprah Winfrey ] for Oprah's next chapter in 2012 and reflected on how, a little over a decade ago, he was broke, with a drug problem and a career in ruins, his substance of choice was methamphetamine, sometimes considered lightly as a party drug (or as the co-star of Breaking Bad ) but which actually wreaks havoc on the brain.
"Does a lot of things," Fergie acknowledged when Winfrey commented on the effects methamphetamine. "It's not good … It can make you crazy. "
" What helped me was a lot of therapy, deep searching, finding out why I took the drugs in the first place, because that's really what it is, "the singer said.
Why did it start? to do methamphetamine?
He spent the '90s making music and the occasional guest spot on television, but by the end of the decade, he was completely demoralized.
Wild Orchid-Fergie, Renee Sands and Stefanie Ridel ] the best friend of Sands from high school-had been formed in 1990 (originally as NRG, which meant New Rhythm Energy, and with a couple of other girls at the beginning), but despite taking meeting after meeting, they did not get anything out until 1996, "At Night I Pray", of its debut homonymous album. Wild Orchid obtained two nominations to the Billboard Music Awards and spent 1997 doing promotions and even toured with 98 Degrees ] and & # 3 9; N Sync . They released the 1998 album Oxygen featuring "Be Mine," and followed with more tours and appearances at high-profile events like the Macy's Day of Thanksgiving Parade. In 1999 they had a cameo performance at Beverly Hills 90210 singing at the "Peach Pit After Dark".
But somewhere during the making of their third album, Fire the group began to get rid. Or at least Fergie did it.
"I think at the beginning when we separated, that, you know we all had to break, it was difficult", Ridel (now Stefanie Fair), a star of There Goes the Motherhood He remembered Bravo & # 39; s Daily Dish last year about the eventual disappearance of Wild Orchid. "There were a handful of years where I think we all had something like … it was hard to talk about it, we were disappointed and we all wanted to go our separate ways, now it's like this fabulous nostalgia of the 90's and I'm so proud of what we created, what we did. "
"It just did not work," Fergie reminded Winfrey, "and they tried to make us do different things, and it just started to be …" She paused. "Feeling inauthentic and it was not really the style I felt I wanted to go, and … I was not being myself."
"And what I should have done was say, 'Girls, you know, it's really the time to go on my own. I need to fulfill this dream of mine to have a solo album & # 39; And I did not know how to do that. I did not know how to deal with that that confrontation. I wanted to please them. "
" So, instead, you tried drugs, "Winfrey said.
" So, hey! Why not try a little methamphetamine? "Fergie laughed nonchalantly." I did not know how to deal with it, so I got into a scene … I started going out and taking ecstasy, and you know by ecstasy that it went to crystal methamphetamine.
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For the year 2000, "I spent all my childhood agent's money," he said in a 2006 interview with Entertainment Weekly "and I had collection agents after me because I was accumulating credit card debt."
In 2001, Wild Orchid performed at a show in Minneapolis, presented by a local radio station, which also featured Black Eyed Peas, which had simultaneously released two albums without much fanfare. Fergie started talking to Will.i.am about a solo album he was working on, and showed interest in producing it. Contact information was exchanged, which was useful when RCA left Wild Orchid off the September label.
But in the meantime, Fergie was being resolved.
"With any drug, everything is great at first," he told Oprah. "Then, slowly, your life begins to descend."
She was eventually using it every day. His weight dropped to 90 pounds at one point.
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"I had [suffering from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia, I was hallucinating every day," he told the British magazine iNews just week. "It took me a year after I stopped taking that drug so that the chemicals in my brain calmed down and I stopped seeing things, I would just be sitting there, watching a random bee or rabbit."
When Oprah asked what her rock was Below, she replied in 2012, "My brain had been playing tricks on me, I thought the FBI was chasing me, you're living in this alternate reality, it's very strange … And I started to get really paranoid. day at this church, and I thought the FBI and the SWAT teams were outside the church, this is what the drug was telling me. "
She refused to tell the whole story of "dancing ninja on my balcony."
"So I had a conversation with God" in the church, he continued. "I'm very close with my superior power, I have a very strong connection with him, and I said:" Okay, if I go out and the FBI and the SWAT team are not there, then it's the drugs. 39; ".
Fergie was asked to leave the church. "And there was no SWAT team," he said. "No FBI, only me and God."
She kept her promise, and that same day, in 2001, she resigned. Hypnotherapy helped her stay clean, like leaving Wild Orchid forever (Sands and Ridel became a duo until 2003) and moving home with her family to regroup.
"I was hurrying-using the miles [frequent flier] that I got from Wild Orchid to work with producers I knew had a home study," said EW . He joined the Black Eyed Peas in 2002, another stroke of luck, considering that Nicole Scherzinger had originally approved the opportunity to join, but obviously it had to be.
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To this day, she considers herself fortunate that her brush with the dark side has been relatively brief, that she has lost around a year of his life. "I'm lucky I went crazy, because that made me stop," he said.
Once Fergie was in Black Eyed Peas, the dream life became a reality. After reading in a magazine that Josh Duhamel fell madly in love with her, Fergie ended up meeting him on the set of his show Las Vegas in 2004, when the band had a cameo. They got along and ended up getting married in 2009. Son Axl was born in 2013.
Meanwhile, BEP released three more platinum albums together ( Monkey Business The END and The Beginning ), won six Grammy and topped the part-time Super Bowl Show 2011.
In 2010, she was interviewed by Katie Couric for Glamor they asked Fergie how she maintained her faith that things would go well through all the ups and downs of her career.
"Well, for some lucky reason or gift from God, I've known I wanted to do it since I was a little girl," the singer replied. "And despite the disappointments and the rejection, there was something inside me that would not give in. I'm a survivor and I'm very motivated."
Ethan Miller / Getty Images  Fergie also clarified to Couric that, although he had stopped using drugs since quitting, he was not sober in the sense that he abstained from all substances.
"Well, I'm not pretending to be sober," she said. "I think that would be deceptive, I drink alcohol, my father has a vineyard, and [the wine is] really delicious, by the way." Promising to send a bottle to Couric, he added, "Anyway, for most addicts, they would advise not to have any kind of substance, I have my own trip, and I am very blessed to this day to be alive."  Encouraged by the success of Black Eyed Peas, the artist who had been singing since she was a child finally released that solo debut she had also been waiting for: The Dutchess in 2006.  Although the resentments would have been understandable, the ladies of Wild Orchid actually became friends, with Stefanie and Renee co-writing The Dutchess song "Losing My Ground".
"We live very close to each other," Stefanie told the Daily Dish. "His son, Axl, is a year younger than [my son] Rocky, I just saw Renee Well, first of all, Fergie and I lived together for four years [back in the day]we moved, we had an apartment together and then we we were a band, the three of us, together for 11 years, then in those teenage years until late in the 20s, we will always be connected in a way, we share only the amazing memories … Yes, we are united forever, whether we like it or not "
" And I still love girls to this day, they're like my sisters, "Fergie said last year. "We have gone through many experiences, as with the boys [Black Eyed Peas]."
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In 2013, with Black Eyed Peas still on the "indefinite hiatus" they announced in late 2011, Fergie announced that she was finally working on her second solo album . The album in progress was announced again in 2014 and tentatively scheduled for the 2015 release.
Obviously, that did not happen, nor did Fergie meet with BEP for her 2015 song "Awesome", which was used in commercials. for the NBA Finals that year, nor for the single "Yesterday." Still, they insisted that she had not left the group, but rather focused on her own album.
In 2016, Fergie released her first new single in two years, "MILF $", along with a video full of stars, and in November came "Life Goes On", all ready for the end. new album.
He recently told Rolling Stone about what became an 11-year gap between album releases, "I really thought I was going to come with that song [2014’s “L.A. Love”] and I have the album Immediately after I just was not ready, I did not realize how long things have been, especially having a child, I've never done this before, but I was not proud of that yet. "
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About the Black Eyed Peas who took a twentieth anniversary turn without her, Fergie told Radio.com last December, "They were making their 20th anniversary, and it's like, you know I put all in her being a mother and being a wife and making this album. I know they're in the studio making music, and you know what? I am so happy for anyone who needs to make music. in his life, they need to do that, and we just need to be happy for each other. "
After launching the optimistic but still somewhat melancholic" Life Goes On ", he talked about working on it with the co-writer. Toby Gad "He's one of those guys who talks very softly," he said. "It's like, Fergie, what's going on in your life? Tell me what's going on & # 39; I feel safe with him to get rid of everything I'm going through. He's just one of those people in my life for me. And it's like a therapy session when I come to him. "
Gad is not the type to write songs like" MILF $ "or" Fergalicious "with, he added." He's one of those who I feel totally safe just by going to that deeper level of vulnerability and emotion and just let my guard down and let my diaries just create a song, follow and create a song. "
What made one wonder what, exactly, she was going through. 19659073] Unfortunately, just when his long-awaited follow-up, Double Dutchess was released in September, the news came that Fergie and Duhamel had separated after eight years of marriage.
"With absolute love and respect, we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year, "they said in a joint statement." To give our family the best chance to adapt, we wanted to keep this as a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and always united in our mutual support and our family. "
Fergie was in the midst of an avalanche of promotional appearances, and only days before had she given any indication of what was happening behind closed doors.
sitting with Wendy Williams in October, she admitted that her the world had turned upside down.
"It was not my plan, I wanted to stay married forever," she told Williams. "… I love Josh, he is the father of my son. We always have that project together, and we're doing the best we can … You made me cry! My God, two more minutes and you're catching me breaking. "
As for making the announcement, Fergie said:" There is no right time. It is very strange to have to announce to the public because when you are in the world of the show you have to make an announcement. to be sure, and really just to find our balance and get all the things crazily damaged in private before all the barrage of means. "
And so, when he heads to 2018, a completely new chapter begins for Fergie. she is willing to share her story about hitting bottom, hoping to prevent others from falling into the same hole, but the heights she has escalated since then are turning that year of desperation into a memory that is increasingly distant.