Brandy Norwood has taken the music world by storm since she first came onto the scene in 1994. The Grammy Award-winning, chart-topping artist has sold over 50 million albums, starred in her very own hit television show and even a few movies. At one time, she was one of the biggest stars in the world, inspiring tons of young African-American girls all over the country with her girl-next-door look, angel-like attitude and scandal-free image.
Still, life hasn’t always been easy for the R&B icon as she’s had quite a few obstacles to overcome these last few years.
Norwood’s seemingly perfect brand shambled when news broke in 2004 that she had lied about her marriage to Robert Smith, the father of her child. ”He is not thinking about her, me, or what we had together. He is trying to destroy my reputation while using me and our daughter to get publicity and radio airplay for his artists. I am stunned that he is being so dirty about it,” she said in a statement to the press fueling rumors even more.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, a very public split from entertainment manager Benny Medina followed and then she left her longtime record label Atlantic. Later, she became a judge on America’s Got Talent, but backed out of a second season after being involved in an unfortunate fatal car accident.