Singer and songwriter P!nk is one of the most recognizable musicians out there today. Though she may have fallen off the radar a little bit, we’re bringing her back with a list of 15 facts you didn’t know about P!nk.
Number Fifteen: Her Full Name Is Alecia Beth Moore
Though you know her now as P!nk, she was born Alecia Beth Moore. Not as catchy as Pink, is it?
Number Fourteen: She Had a Rocky Childhood
Pink’s parents divorced when she was just three years old. Due in part to her broken home, Pink developed a rebellious nature that would go on to get her into a lot of trouble.
Number Thirteen: She Was 14 When She Wrote Her First Song
Because Pink was forced to grow up early, her talents grew up early as well. She wrote her first song when she was just 14 years old.
Number Twelve: She Started Working at Night Clubs When She Was 15
Just like she started writing songs early, she also started working early. By the young age of just 15 years old, P!nk was already a regular singer at a night club in Philadelphia.
Number Eleven: P!nk Was Involved in Crime and Drugs
At only 15 years old, Pink nearly overdosed. She was a very heavy partier as a teenager and also got herself involved in the world of hard drugs.
Number Ten: She Is Well-Acquainted With the Fast Food Industry
The world of becoming a famous musician is not always a glamorous one. This is especially true for Pink, who has worked at a gas station, a Wendy’s, a McDonald’s and a Pizza Hut at some point in her life. Just imagine being served a Big Mac by Pink now! Let alone a pizza.
Number Nine: Pink Used to Be Part of a Trio
Before she was P!nk, she was one of three members in a trio called Choice. Choice soon fell apart, though, and she went solo shortly thereafter.
Number Eight: She Got Her Name From a Movie
Before she was Pink, she was just Alecia Moore. Pink got her iconic name from the character of Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.
Number Seven: She Opened for N’Sync
When she first got onto the music scene, N’Sync asked her to open for them. They were wildly popular at the time, and her R&B-pop sound blended perfectly with the boy band’s.
Number Six: She Has Gone Topless in Public Before
Pink once showed up to Christina Aguilera’s birthday party wearing only body paint from the waist up. Well, that’s one way to feel liberated! She reportedly also kissed Aguilera on the mouth before leaving the party.
Number Five: She Has Had Several Cameos in Film
Pink has appeared in many films, some of them unexpected. She has had cameos in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Get Him to the Greek, Thanks for Sharing, Happy Feet Two, Rollerball and Catacombs.
Number Four: She Has Connections to Motley Crue
Pink used to date Tommy Lee, the drummer for Motley Crue. Imagine what musical children they would have had! Rebellious, too.
Number Three: She Was 5 Years Old When She Met Her First Celebrity
When P!nk was just five years old, she met Brooke Shields. Little did Shields know she was in the presence of a future superstar.
Number Two: She Wrote “Please Don’t Leave Me” About Her Husband
Pink is married to ex-motocross and motorcycle racer Carey Hart, and they have been married since 2006. However, the two have gone through some rough patches, and Pink’s song titled “Please Don’t Leave Me” was written about him.
Number One: She Is Still Going Strong
In the face of an industry that focuses so much on physical appearance, P!nk continues to demolish taboos surrounding what it means to be a musician in the industry. She is widely considered to be the most trailblazing female musician of her pop generation, and not just because of her hair.