Name: Alecia Beth Moore
Born: September 8, 1979
Occupation: Singer/songwriter, actress
Alecia Beth Moore, born to Jim and Judith – a Vietnam veteran and nurse – grew up in Doylestown, PA. Her father used his love of guitar to cultivate Alecia’s interest in music throughout her childhood, encouraging her dreams of becoming a pop star when she was older. Music wasn’t her original goal, though. As a child, Alecia spent 8 years studying gymnastics and originally thought she wanted to become an Olympian.
Alecia didn’t earn the nickname Pink until a little later in life. By the time she was 13, she was hanging out in Philadelphia clubs and bars, writing songs, and singing backup for local bands. Her nickname apparently came from the color her skin turned when she blushed. Sadly, Pink’s parents divorced and her early teen years were laced with binges of drug and alcohol abuse, resulting in a small rap sheet and a near-deadly overdose at the young age of 15.
When she turned 16, Pink’s career took off as the band Choice was signed to LaFace Record. After Choice broke up, LA Reid encouraged Pink to pursue a solo career. She dyed her hair pink and adopted her sometimes-nickname as her permanent stage name. Her solo album debuted in 2000, selling 2 million copies and landing three of the singles from the album in the Top Ten. By the age of 21, she’d earned a Grammy for her collaboration on a piece for Moulin Rouge and then went on to produce her sophomore album, which sold 10 million copies and cemented her place in the world of pop rock. Her third album didn’t do as well, but subsequent albums have spurred sales, resulted in top hits, and have helped Pink to maintain her spot in the limelight.
Pink’s personal life has had its ups and downs. In 2006, she and motocross racer Carey Hart were married but then separated in 2008, while remaining friends. In early 2010, the couple got back together and in November of 2010 she and Hart had their first child, Willow Sage Hart. Pink is currently estimated to have a net worth of approximately $70 million.
So how much is $70 million really?
According to the Forbes list of The Celebrity 100 back in 2010, Pink was #27 when it came to celebrities and in 2011 she was #6 on the list of Top-Earning Women. At the time, she was earning $1 million for each concert she performed. She has been involved with a wide variety of charities, including Save the Children, Take Back the Night, and the New York Restoration Project. She even had a failed relationship with PETA for a brief period of time.
Considering her rocky youth, it would be pretty cool if Pink contributed more to drug addiction centers. Individuals who end up in jail cost the system $24,000 per year, while a year of methadone costs a mere $4,700. She could certainly make a huge difference supporting existing programs or by starting her own!