Nicole Bennett Biography
Nicole Annelise Elizabeth Bennett (Born November 26, 1982) is a French-English pop singer and actress.
She began singing when she was five, and started singing professonally at age twelve. She subsequently emerged at the forefront of the pop music scene in 1999, with her debut album, More To Life.
Although it was not considered successful in the US, she continued with the production of her second album, Angel Of Mine, working with Sean "Puffy" Combs on most of the album's tracks. The album was a worldwide hit, selling over 7,000,000 copies in 2000.
In 2001, her success as an entertainer led to many advertising deals (Such as Sprite and Nike). Her third, fourth, and fifth albums yielded lower sales.
She was born in Versailles, France and raised in Paris. Her father is Charles William Bennett (b. 1953) and her mother is Annelise Victoria Wright (b. 1956), a former model. Her paternal grandmother, Victoria Lillian Windsor (b.1930), is a distant cousin of British monarch, Elizabeth II. Her paternal grandfather, Charles-Louis Bennett, died in 1997. Her maternal grandparents were Francis Wright (b. 1925) and Marion Allardyce (b. 1931). She has a brother, Charles (b. 1985) and a sister, Victoria (b. 1987).
She attended St. Mary's Boarding School for Girls in England for five years until she was 15. Until that time, she only spent a few weekends a year with her family. After that, she, her tutor, and her bodyguard traveled to Los Angeles. She got a record deal with Atlantic Records, and in early 1999, she released More To Life which reached a peak of number 56 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and reached top 40 in Europe and Asia. Although the album wasn't a success in the U.S., she released three top 40 singles from the album.
In June 2000, she released Angel Of Mine which peaked at number four on the U.S. billboard charts and top ten in other parts of the world, selling over one million copies in the U.S. alone in its first week. The album was a total success, receiving rave reviews and she released three top ten and one top 40 singles from the album. Angel Of Mine won a Grammy in 2001.
In November 2001, she released her third album, Not So Little. The album was similar to Britney Spears' third album, also released in 2001. The album contained some sexually explicit lyrics and tracks, like, Touch Me, and Sweat. The album wasn't as successful as Angel Of Mine, but did remotely well, selling 420,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week. Bennett released four top 100 singles from the album.
After Not So Little, Bennett decided to take a break from music, and to start a film career. She played a small role in the slasher flick, Stab. Although she was in only two scenes, film critics gave her a thumbs up on her performance. In June 2003, she starred in the comedy, Roomies, opposite Victoria Gasgoigne. She played a misunderstood goth girl and had to deal with her preppy cheerleader roommate, played by Gasgoigne.
Despite her performance in Stab, Roomies did horribly in the box office, and Bennett's performance was disappointing, according to some critics. In mid-2003, she began working on a fourth album. In late 2003, she met American tennis player, Andy Roddick, and they became good friends.
In early 2004, Bennett released her fourth album, Forever. The album did well on the charts, peaking at number eight in February. And in its first week , it sold over 450,000 copies in the US. Bennett co-wrote five of the thirteen tracks and co-produced some of her material for the first time. Forever also spawned the international number one and the grammy-minning track, Intuition. In 2005, she took yet another hiatus from her career, and began dating Seann William Scott. They only dated for three weeks, but by April, Bennett confirmed she was pregnant, but not with Scott. On August 23, 2005, Laney Blanche Bennett was born in Malibu, California, by caesarian section. Shortly after, Nicole stated that she didn't care if she doesn't know who the father is, as long as she and her daughter are together. She lost the baby weight very quickly and posed for Maxim Magazine in November.
Her Latest album, Cherub was released in March 2006. By May 2006, the album has sold over 1,300,000 copies and has reached number 8 on the billboard 200. Bennett wrote two of the tracks and co-wrote five more. She was to go on her fourth world tour starting in mid-june 2006 in Los Angeles's Staples Center, and ending in Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome in October 2006, but unexpectedly on June 17, 2006, the entire world tour was cancelled. Her manager said it was due to some "personal issues" that Nicole is going through. Many of her fans that were exited to see Bennett on her tour are now badmouthing Bennett as a fraud and a talentless lip-synching traitor. On June 21, Nicole apologized for the cancellation, but in its place, she will release her sixth studio album and promises to go on a world tour in 2007. Many speculate that she cancelled her tour on the account of her newly adopted daughter, named Taylor Elizabeth Bennett (born April 2, 2001).