Fergie, whose real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson, was born and raised in Hacienda Heights, California.
Fergie was brought up a devout Catholic. But as a teenager and young woman, Fergie faced a hard battle with methamphetamine.1 Now, the singer seems to have come full-circle and rejoined the flock. Fergie credits God for helping her kick her habit, saying:
I had a conversation with God, basically. I don’t know how to interpret this, but he said, ‘I’ve given you this beautiful gift (singing) and you’re throwing it away.’2
Now she lists going to church as one of her favorite activities, saying:
On Saturday nights, we [she and husband Josh Duhamel] like going to mass, then dinner. It feeds our spiritual side, and it’s great to hear Josh sing in church – he’s a great singer. Then we go out and have a really nice wine, like all good Catholics.1
Furthermore, she and Duhamel were married in a Catholic ceremony.3
But judging from Fergie’s on-stage performances, one would have to conclude that she’s one of those “open-to-gratuitous-exhibitionism” Catholics.
Black Eyed Politics
Politically, Fergie comes off pretty liberal. She’s certainly a Democrat, having actively supported Obama in 2008. She even called his nomination acceptance speech “amazing” and “excellent.”4 Fergie has been a regular at the White House since good ‘ol Obama took office. She gave a private concert to Obama’s daughters5 and performed at the White House Easter Egg Hunt. Though, that performance didn’t go over too well and some parents complained, particularly after Fergie, while dressed in less-than-modest attire, sang:
If you ain’t got no money take your broke ass home.6
Fergie does have a bit of a political agenda. She sang Obama’s praises in 2010, with one caveat, saying:
I think Barack Obama definitely gave a different perspective of America on other countries and I think in terms of foreign relations he’s really helped us and the way people think about America. But I wish he would do more for gay marriages, though. That’s the one thing I want to happen!7
Obviously, this was before Obama became the first president to explicitly endorse gay marriage, subsequently causing the end of the world for millions of religious conservatives.8 Now, Fergie must just think Obama’s the greatest thing since meth.
- Fergie: good Catholic girl. Patheos. [↩] [↩]
- Black Eyed Peas – God + Peas Saved Fergie From Homeless Druggie Hell. Contact Music. [↩]
- Fergie and Josh Wedding Photos. ELLE. [↩]
- Fergie on Obama’s speech: ‘It was amazing.’ NME. [↩]
- Fergie White House Concert For Obama Girls. Pop Crunch. [↩]
- Fergie’s performance horrifies parents at Obama White House Easter Egg Hunt. I Hate the Media. [↩]
- Fergie talks gay marriage. The Fab Femme. [↩]
- Obama comes out for same-sex marriage, world ends. The Washington Post. [↩]