Fergie is a superstar and a renowned celebrity who has proven that she can fit into any musical group and equally excel as a solo artist. The former Black Eyed Peas star has been around the music industry for over two decades and continues to shine to date. Fergie has tons of reputable awards – including eight Grammys – to show her outstanding career and millions of dollars in net worth.
Aside from being wildly successful in the musical scene, she is excelling in the business circle. But it hasn’t been a rollercoaster ride for the icon who has had to deal with divorce, substance abuse, raising a kid, and more.
How Fergie Came to Her $50 Million Net Worth
Fergie was born Stacy Ann Ferguson to Theresa Ann and Jon Patrick Ferguson on March 27, 1975. She attended Mesa Robles Middle School and continued at Glen A Wilson High School. At the school, she held some remarkable records, both academically and socially. More notably were being a straight-A student and a spelling bee champion.
While the Black Eyed Peas singer liked school and excelled in her studies, she was more interested in becoming known as an entertainer. Fergie’s first significant step towards her $50 million net worth was in 1984 as a cartoon voice-over artist. Her first voicing gig was as Sally in two Peanuts cartoons. A few more animation voicing gigs followed, such as It’s Flashbeagle, Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown, among others.
By the late 90s, the singer made a quick switch to singing and joined the female band named Wild Orchid. The group had a rough beginning but later landed a deal with two big music labels Sony Publishing and RCA Records. The group was successful as many of their songs did well and topped American’s Billboard charts.
However, Fergie’s prolific years began in 2003, soon after her career found a nest in the music group Black-Eyed Peas. She was lucky to get a spot given that, at the time, the music group was looking to fill in a gap created by their then background singer Kim Hill who had left the group unexpectedly.
Her collaboration with the group brought them a much-needed edge at that time, with the majority of their songs together racking up a huge success. That being so, she became a permanent member.
Nevertheless, her iconic and mind-blowing contribution in the group came to a halt three years later when she decided to become a solo artist. Even so, her light didn’t blow out. It continued to shine at the same rate and directed everybody’s attention to her works.
Her solo album The Dutchess, which she released in 2006, had its lead single London Bridge dominate the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. Similarly, her subsequent singles such as Big Girls Don’t Cry also sat comfortably atop the charts in 10 different countries. She dropped part of her second album in 2013, and it was equally sublime.
Fergie continued to amass significant net worth via success in her career as a solo artist as well as a member of the Black Eyed Peas. She and the group came together to perform at the Grammy Awards in January 2010 and later released a remix of the song. The group was also honored in 2011 with a Billboard Music Award, so you can bet she achieved a never-ending success with them.
While fans awaited the release of her second album, Fergie released the singles L.A. Love (La La), M.I.L.F. $, Life Goes On, all of which were commercially successful. Inspired by the birth of her son, Fergie brought her idea of Milfs to life in its music video, which featured Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Amber Valletta, and a bunch of other big-name moms.
The entertainer launched her record label Dutchess Music in May 2017 and took a break from the group to focus on her solo career. Fergie finally released her long-awaited album Double Dutchess on September 22, 2017. On February 18 of the following year, group lead rapper will.i.am confirmed that the singer is no longer with the Black Eyed Peas.
As an entertainer, Fergie has received 71 awards, including eight Grammys and nine AMAs, and has been nominated for over 100 more.
Acting and TV
In addition to her music career, the entertainer also acts, hosts TV shows, and has two other significant undertakings – Fergie Footwear and Ferguson Crest. The former, a fashion footwear brand, is all Fergie’s, while she co-owns the Ferguson Crest, a winery business with her father.
All in all, Fergie has scored significant success in the music and acting industries. When she is not making money as a pop star, she earns from her business ventures. With that in mind, Fergie’s collective net worth is estimated to be around $50 million.
Her Relationship with Josh Duhamel
Fergie was married to actor and former fashion model Josh Duhamel. The former lovers met in 2004 when the movie superstar and Black Eyed Peas filmed a small character part in an episode of Duhamel’s TV show Las Vegas.
Shortly after their meeting, they began dating, and three years into the affair, Duhamel proposed to her, and she said yes.
On January 10, 2009, they took their marriage vows in a Catholic ceremony, the same year that Fergie had revealed that she was into both women and men (bisexual). They welcomed a son on August 29, 2013, and named him Axl Jack Duhamel.
They Separated Two Years Before Their Eventual Divorce
The announcement of Fergie’s split from Josh Duhamel came as a surprise, to put it mildly, as they both seemed so compatible with each other. You may recall a cheating scandal which threatened their relationship the year they got married, and how the former couple maintained a united front through it all.
Fergie even had a sit down with Oprah in 2012, where she addressed the issue of her husband’s alleged infidelity. In it, she detailed how therapy had helped them overcome the difficult time and made their partnership stronger.
It, however, turned out that they were not so compatible after all. The two decided to separate in early 2017 after realizing they could not live with each other’s differences. Duhamel was more laid-back and family-oriented, while the pop star was more focused on her career than having more kids.
The difference in interests, together with their different backgrounds, caused an irreparable rift between the once-enamored pair until they had both had enough. Their separation announcement came in September 2017, months after it happened.
Two years later, Fergie filed for divorce, which was amicably finalized by November 2019. The two have joint custody of their son Axl. Since their divorce, Josh Duhamel has moved on with former beauty queen Audra Mari. Fergie, on the other hand, is single, continues to grow her net worth via her music career and businesses, all while raising her son as a single mother.