Singer and actress Fergie was born Stacy Ann Ferguson on March 27, 1975, in Hacienda Heights, California. Contrary to many beliefs, Fergie began her career as an actress, doing various commercials and voice-over work. In 1984, she joined the cast of Kids Incorporated, which gave her the opportunity to flaunt her natural singing and dancing talent. Her cast mates included Eric Balfour and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Fergie stayed on the show for six seasons before teaming up with Stefanie Ridel and former Kids Incorporated performer Renee Sands to create the pop group Wild Orchid, during the 1990s. Their first self-titled album was release in 1996, which featured the unpretentious hits "Talk to Me," "At Night I Pray" and "Supernatural," followed by the unsuccessful release of their second album Oxygen (1998).
With her career coming to a halt before it was set in motion, Fergie turned to partying and drugs to pull her through the disappointment, which resulted in a crystal methamphetamine addiction. She finally overcame the habit in 2002 and later said crystal meth "was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with," in an interview with Time magazine.
Fergie was determined to rebuild her life and started by joining the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, which includes apl.de.ap, will.i.am and Taboo. Although the group was founded in 1995, success didn't come around until Fergie showed up. Fergie's first album with the group, Elephunk (2003), was a massive hit and featured the hot singles "Where Is The Love" with Justin Timberlake, and "Hey Mama." Their other popular hit "Let's Get It Started" went on to win them a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
The group's success continued to flourish with their follow-up album, Monkey Business (2005), which topped the hip-hop charts and reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart. With their distinct sound in their back pocket, the group easily beat out their competition and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for "Don't Phunk With My Heart" in 2005, followed by a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance for "My Humps" in 2006.
Later in 2006, Fergie took her success to a new level and released her solo album The Dutchess. The album quickly climbed to the top of the Billboard chart due to her hit singles "London Bridge," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Glamorous." In that same year, Fergie returned to her acting core in the blockbuster Poseidon (2006). In 2007, Quentin Tarantino offered Fergie a small role in the film Grindhouse, mainly because she's his favorite singer.
Fergie's love life has mostly been focused around one guy - Josh Duhamel. The two met in September 2004, when she guest-starred on an episode of his show Las Vegas. They bought a home together in 2007, followed by a Malibu wedding in 2009. Nine months into their marriage, rumors ran wild about Josh having an affair with a stripper but the two fought through the allegations and renewed their vows in 2011. In a recent sit down with Oprah Winfrey, Fergie expressed how the two worked pass it:
"When you go through difficult times it really makes you stronger as a unit. As a partnership. It does for us, anyway. Our love today is a deeper love."