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Whatever Happened To 3LW?

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It’s been over 20 years since the girl group 3LW (short for Three Little Women) debuted on the music scene as R&B pop sensations. The original lineup was Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, and Naturi Naughton, whose album No More (Baby I'ma Do Right) jump-started their career in 1999. They followed their 1999 success with the 2001 single "Playas Gon' Play," proving they would not end up as just another girl group with only one early 2000s hit. Still, decades later, fans of the Three Little Women wonder: where is 3LW today? 

Drama brewed among the stars, and Naughton ended up leaving the group before the release of their next album, A Girl Can Mack. Continuing as a duo, Williams and Bailon eventually found Jessica Benson, who took over in place of Naughton. The new 3LW continued to make music until disbanding in 2007. Although Benson has maintained her privacy since leaving the group, the original three members have been hard at work crafting successful careers as actresses, hosts, writers, and solo artists. Read on to find out what happened to the former pop sensation 3LW.

  • The Cheetah Girls Toured As A Real Group

    The success of the Cheetah Girls exploded after the first movie. The group decided to go on tour in 2005. Their show included performances by Aly & AJ and The Jonas Brothers as surprise guests. The tour lasted throughout December 2005 with 16 shows in the US.

    The continued success of The Cheetah Girls 2 in 2006 and another platinum-selling album inspired plans for another film. By that time, however, Raven Symoné left the group to begin a solo career. She starred in her own series, That's So Raven, on the Disney Channel. The trio remained together and released The Cheetah Girls: One World.

    The group continued to tour with new music. They also released three more albums: Cheetah-licious ChristmasIn Concert: The Party's Just Begun Tour and TCG. They eventually disbanded after one last tour in 2008

  • Bailon Got Married And Began Hosting 'The Real'

    After the breakup of 3LW, Bailon tried her hand a solo career and signed with Island Def Jam Records. She made several guest appearances on albums and soundtracks from 2004 to 2014. Her songs "Uncontrollable" and "Big Spender" appeared on the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie soundtrack in 2009. In 2017, she released her first album, New Tradiciones.

    In 2007, she came back into the spotlight while dating Rob Kardashian and made several appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians as his girlfriend. She later appeared on Kourtney and Kim Take New York, in 2011. She even had her own reality seriesEmpire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne with her best friend Julissa Bermudez. In 2013, she took on the role of co-host on the daytime talk show, The Real.

    She married gospel singer Israel Houghton in Paris in November 2016.

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    Naughton Joined The Cast Of 'Power'

    Naughton hit the height of her acting career when she became a member of the cast of Power. When she originally auditioned for the series in 2013, she had doubts that she was right for the part. She explained for the New York Post

    There was some discussion about [me] looking too young... So, at first, I thought it was over and that they had moved on to audition older actresses.

    Naughton impressed the casting directors and accepted the role of Tasha St. Patrick. She has received several nominations for her portrayal at the Women's Image Network Awards and the NAACP Image Awards. She won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series back-to-back in 2017 and 2018. 

  • Williams Acts And Continues To Write Music

    Williams pursued a career in both acting and singing after the breakup of 3LW and The Cheetah Girls. In terms of acting, she has appeared in a few films including The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, The House BunnyElle: A Modern Cinderella Tale, and Stomp the Yard: Homecoming. Her last film to date was Holla II, in 2013.

    She also received harsh criticism for her music video, "Spectacular," which one writer called "the eroticization of the drunk girl."