Did you happen to catch the previous Where Are They Now? post featuring teen heartthrobs of the 90s? I hope so, it was riveting stuff. Anyways, I’m back at it with the 2nd edition of Where Are They Now? This time, focusing on the Pop Princess’ of the early 2000s. If you remember, this was a time when pop music ruled the universe which in return, gave us a ton of one or two hit wonders. Hey listen, just because a girl got on stage wearing a skimpy outfit, had some kick-ass choreographed moves and sang a catchy tune – didn’t mean they were in it for the long haul. They couldn’t all be Britney and Rihanna.
Enjoy as I answer the question, where the hell are those girls of the early 2000s now? !
Then: Jams like Baby, Come Over and Gotta Tell You.
Now: Samantha’s Gotta Tell You landed on Billboards recent list of greatest choruses of the 21st century and fans are currently campaigning for her to represent Ireland (where she’s from) at Eurovision 2018 (Eurovision is an annual singing competition where countries compete to determine who has the most popular song and I guess it’s like, a big deal.)
Then: Jams like Smile and Graduation (Friends Forever).
Now: Again, super hard to find any info on within the past 5 years. In 2012 Vitamin – who’s real name is Colleen – was named the VP of music at Nickelodeon. Let’s assume she’s still doing that?
Then: The jam I Wanna Be Bad.
Now: Willa is married to former NFL player Ryan Nece and still apparently wanted to be bad when she showed the world she was expecting with this pregnancy photo. She gave birth in September.
Then: Jams like Another Dumb Blonde and Perfect Day.
Now: Hoku lives a pretty low-key life these days, meaning she was harder than hell to find on the internet. She’s been married since 1999 (!) and started a blog in 2010 but you have to be invited in order to read it. Lame.
Then: The jam A Thousand Miles
Now: Vanessa is one of the only women on this list currently active on social media (she has 23k followers on Instagram!) and she apparently doesn’t age. She’s currently on tour and since 2001 has released 5 albums that literally no one can name one song from.
Then: Jams like Goodbye To You, Are You Happy Now?, Everywhere and from her band The Wreckers – Leave The Pieces.
Now: Okay so, obvs not a one hit wonder but after like 2006 Michelle went rogue. She’s been married and divorced and has a 12 year old daughter. She recently released her first album in 14 years.
Then: The jam Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)
Now: Not exactly sure. Blue was undergoing psychiatric evaluation in 2014 after she ran through her neighborhood screaming she was being poisoned with gas.
In conclusion, there are three ways your life will end up being if you were a female one hit wonder in the early 2000s. You’re either chasing the fame and success you once had, trying to hide from it in the suburbs or you’re in a mental ward.
Until Next Time!