What happened to Nelly Furtado? – NBCNEWS

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It’s been 22 years since Nelly Furtado rose to fame with her breakthrough single ‘I’m Like A Bird’.

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The pop star played some of the biggest songs of the early ’00s that are still on our nostalgic playlists (“Promiscuous” and “Maneater”) — and some of her hits have been revived on TikTok.

But after spending more than five years at the top of the charts, breaking records and winning awards, she practically disappeared overnight. That is, until last weekend when Drake invited her to perform at his performance in Toronto. Watch the clip above.

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Nelly Furtado visits MTV’s TRL set in New York City in 2006, a career highlight. (Getty)

So what happened to Nelly Furtado? Here’s everything you need to know about the former pop icon.

Why did Nelly Furtado disappear?

Nelly Furtado stepped back from music and the public spotlight after a nervous breakdown in 2006.

“I had a nervous breakdown on stage,” she told the… Daily mail in 2017. “I was on the loose fitting tour [2007] and my daughter was with me – I was a mother and a singer on the road. I was exhausted.”

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Nelly Furtado performed in 2017, her last known public appearance. (Getty)

“Then one night I went on stage and suddenly realized how stressed I was. I actually cried my way through the first two songs. I took a break from the music and went home. And I realized that being at home and the whole family experience was what I was looking for.”

She said she had become so famous so quickly that she couldn’t handle it.

“It was too much too soon,” she told the… Daily mail.

“After two years of intense touring and partying, I spent hours alone in my LA home, just staring at the floor. I felt like a cheater because I thought people liked me for my image and not for my music.”

She released a Spanish-language album in 2009 called My planand another album in 2012, The Indestructible Spirit –– after which she took a five-year break.

Nelly Furtado plays part of her Get Loose Tour in 2007. (Getty)

Furtado spent those five years traveling and doing a lot of charity work with Save The Children.

In 2017 she released an independent album, The ride, under her own record label. It sold only 1,814 copies in its first week in the US.

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After releasing her independent album in 2017, Furtado is unlikely to ever return to mainstream music.

She decided to start her own record label because she is very passionate about artists who own the master recordings of their own songs – an issue Taylor Swift has long talked about.

She said Forbes: “Becoming independent and owning this new record has been really important to me because I’m able to own everything I sing.”

However, the singer delighted fans when she made a surprise appearance on drake‘s concert at OVO Fest in Toronto on July 30. The rapper invited his compatriot on stage in what appears to be her first public appearance in years. Watch the clip above.

“This here here has cost a lot… this next person’s music has changed my life so much. I love her with all my heart, so if she comes out here, you better show her some damn love too,” Drake told the crowd to hype them up when he introduced Furtado.

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The pop star was greeted with cheers and applause as she spoke to fans before performing her hit song “Promiscuous Girl.”

Drake and Furtado later sing a duet of her other hit, “I’m Like a Bird.”

Where is Nelly Furtado today?

After releasing her independent album in 2017, Furtado is unlikely to ever return to mainstream music.

Nelly Furtado attends the Radio Regenbogen Award 2017 in Rust, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images) (Getty)

She decided to start her own record label because she is very passionate about artists who own the master recordings of their own songs – an issue Taylor Swift has long talked about.

She said Forbes: “Becoming independent and owning this new record has been really important to me because I’m able to own everything I sing.”

What is Nelly Furtado’s net worth?

Since Furtado has songwriting and producer credits for her songs — some of which were the greatest of their decade — she continues to make a lot of money from her first few albums.

Estimates put her net worth at about $20 million ($26.6 million).

What happened to Nelly Furtado and Timbaland?

Since Timbaland and Furtado worked on her 2006 album loose fitting together they were good friends – and that friendship is still there.

Nelly Furtado and Timbaland (WireImage)

In 2017, Timbaland surprised participants in the TV program the pop game with a mentoring session from the pop star.

What is the nationality of Nelly Furtado?

Furtado was born in Canada to Brazilian parents who immigrated to North America in the 1960s.

She started singing in Portuguese as a child and performed in a Portuguese brass band as a teenager.

Nelly Furtado’s Relationship History

The ‘Promiscuous’ singer married sound engineer Demacio Castellon in 2008, although the couple divorced in 2016. She has a daughter, Nevis Chetan, born in 2003 from a previous relationship.

What does Nelly Furtado look like now?

Nelly Furtado does have an Instagram, but she doesn’t use it much other than to promote her reissue of the album Wow, Nellie.

She did archive a few stories, including this photo from February 2021.

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Nelly Furtado on Instagram Story. (Instagram)

When did ‘I’m Like A Bird’ come out?

Perhaps her best-known single, “I’m Like A Bird,” was Furtado’s very first single, released in 2000, on her debut album Wow Nellie.

That album also contained bangers like ‘Turn Off The Light’ and ‘Hey, Man’.

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