WILL.I.AM is not only the founder of one of the biggest hip hop groups of all time in The Black Eyed Peas, but he’s also launched the career of many other artists.
The US pop star has found a home on these shores and is on this year’s The Voice UK – and his own experience in the music industry is immense.
The Voice UK judge will.i.am is the founder and a leading member of Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed PeasCredit: Getty – Contributor
Who is Will.i.am?
Born March 15, 1975, William James Adams Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California, and became friends with future Black Eyed Peas member apl.de.ap while still at school.
Ahead of finding fame as a musician, Will harboured an ambition to become a fashion designer and attended the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
He launched his i.am.angel Foundation in 2009 to help provide financial support and opportunities for young people to go to university.
“I send those kids to college and connect them with my network of folks and see what they can accomplish in life.
“I think my choice of family and responsibility is I’ll serve 750 kids this year.
“Last year was a really proud year for us, we sent kids to Brown, Stanford, Dartmouth, and these are like Ivy League, amazing schools and the kids come from the ghetto that I come from.”
Will has since embarked upon an extremely successful solo career and has worked with the biggest stars in the music industryCredit: AFP
Who’s he dating?
It appears that Will.i.am is currently single.
Speaking about his love life, Will told the Mirror: “I don’t have time for girlfriends, and that’s why I just keep busy. I keep going because that’s what I want to do.”
Will isn’t married – he is currently single but he was previously dating Celebrity Big Brother star Casey Batchelor in 2014.
In the past, he has also been linked to Torn hitmaker Natalie Imbruglia.
Will, whose love life has always remained a bit of an enigma, did reveal he dated an ex for eight years and that they inspired the Black Eyed Peas track Don’t Lie.
The future family man exclusively told The Sun in April 2017, that in the future: “I wanna live and I want to be able to do whatever and make sure my kids’ kids don’t have anything to worry about.”
Although there have been rumours that Will.i.am has a secret daughter, The Voice coach doesn’t have any children, however, he has hinted that he may one day adopt.
What’s his net worth?
The 43-year-old has also revealed to The Sun that his years of working in the music industry have left him with tinnitus but he has also earned a net-worth of $75 million.
He has five albums with The Black Eyed Peas and his own solo musical projects as a source of income.
He is also a partner in Beats Electronics.
In 2016, Will revealed he had donated £600,000 salary from The Voice to charity The Prince’s Trust.
What are his biggest hits?
In addition to being a lead member of The Black Eyed Peas, Will’s successful solo career has earned him a collaborative 10 UK number ones and a whopping 26 top ten singles.
His hit songs include:
- Where Is The Love (2003) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
- Shut Up (2003) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
- Pump It (2006) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
- Boom Boom Pow (2009) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
- I Gotta Feeling (2009) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
- Meet Me Halfway (2009) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
- OMG w/ Usher (2010)
- The Time (Dirty Bit) (2010) w/ The Black Eyed Peas
- This Is Love w/ Eva Simons (2012)
He is the only judge on The Voice UK that has appeared on all seven series and will be returning this summer for The Voice KidsCredit: Reuters
- Hall of Fame w/ The Script (2012)
- Scream & Shout w/ Britney Spears (2012)
- It’s My Birthday w/ Cody Wise (2014)
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