Noughties pop star unrecognisable 23 years after her debut smash hit – can you guess who it is? | The Sun

NELLY Furtado looked completely unrecognisable in her latest red carpet appearance in Canada.

The hitmaker walked onto the carpet in a cut out black dress and with her glossy brown locks in glamorous waves.



Nelly, 42, rose to fame in 2000 thanks to tracks like I Am Like A Bird and Turn Off The Light, often singing in just jeans and a tank top.

She had massive success in 2006 with the release of her chart-topping album Loose which sold more than 12million copies worldwide and spawned four massive hit singles including Promiscuous, Maneater, Say It Right and All Good Things (Come to an End).

Nelly, who was born in Canada to Portuguese parents, gave birth to her daughter Nevis on September 20, 2003 with her then-boyfriend Jasper Gahunia.

The couple split in 2005 but have remained close friends and continue to co-parent their daughter.

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Nelly married sound engineer Demacio Castellon in 2008.

She revealed on Loose Women in 2017 that she and her husband Demacio Castellon have split up after nine years together.

The mother-of-one then stepped away from the limelight after struggling with the pressures of touring.

Nelly explains: “At the height of my career, it was super exciting – but I took too much on. A mother on the road trying to maintain a relationship; I cried on stage.”

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She told the Loose Women panel, “I need to stay emotionally and physically well for my daughter.”

The hit-maker has taken a few years off since the release of her last album The Spirit Indestructible and moved away from music entirely to focus on her home life.

Speaking to Refinery 29, she said: "I became a mother at quite a young age, I was 25."

"When that [my music contract] ended I took a look at a bunch of stuff in my life, and had this urge to simplify it. I didn’t quit music, but I quit juggling."

The crooner, who boasts eight No 1 UK singles, added that she worked in Nevis's school library, helped out at her friend's record store and took classes in ceramics and playwriting during her time off.

She added: "Working at my daughter’s school library sorting books… All those things help me remember who I was.”

Speaking to GQ, Nelly said taking time out from the music world and fame "kind of saved me".

"I wanted to clean my own bathroom again and wash my own laundry again," she said.

"I really missed normal life. I wanted to make it as isolated as I possibly could. It really helped me, honestly. It sounds silly but it kind of saved me."

Nelly has sold more than 20 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide throughout her career.

She is believed to be worth between $25 million (£20 million) and $35 million (£28 million).

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In 2007, she was paid $1million to perform at a private concert for Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi but she later gave the fee to charity.

She is set to make her comeback to the stage for the first time in five years with a one-off New Year’s Eve festival performance in Australia.

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