16 – Fergie
Born as Stacy Ann Ferguson in the hills of California, Fergie is a vital part of The Black Eyed Peas whose megahits like “I Gotta Feeling” and “Meet Me Halfway” have taken the music industry by storm.
Long before the Peas, however, Fergie launched her career as a child actor on Kids Incorporated when she was nine years old and later joined an all-girl band in 1992 known as Wild Orchid.
Spending a decade with the band, Fergie left the group in 2002 but took more with her than she ever imagined. During her 2006 interview with Time magazine, Fergie admitted that her time with Wild Orchid led to her crystal meth addiction which crossed over into her early years with The Black Eyed Peas.
Having since gotten clean, Fergie said, “It was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with. It’s the drug that’s addicting but it’s why you start doing it in the first place that’s interesting.” As for Fergie, she said much of it had to do with being a child actor and learning to suppress her feelings at an early age.