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Whatever Happened to Brandy?

R&B singer Brandy set the '90s on fire with some of the most memorable songs of the decade, ranging from "Have You Ever?" and "Sittin' Up In My Room" to her unforgettable duet with Monica, "The Boy is Mine." She also starred in the hit sitcom Moesha and in movies, like the 1997 Cinderella remake with Whitney Houston. But after that, what happened to Brandy? 

Brandy continued to record throughout the early 2000s with albums like Full Moon and Afrodisiac, but where is Brandy Norwood now? For one, she took on the world of television, appearing on shows about her pregnancy, her music career, and cooking. Other Brandy Norwood stories include tales of personal and health issues and public breakups. So, what's Brandy been up to? The facts show she's still making a name for herself in the entertainment world, even if you don't hear her voice on the radio quite as often as you used to.

  • She Was Involved In A Fatal Car Accident

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    On December 30, 2006, Brandy was involved in a tragic car accident in Los Angeles. Multiple cars were involved in the pileup, resulting in a fatality and injuries. Brandy wasn't charged with vehicular manslaughter, but she was sued, and finally settled in 2009.

    At the time of the crash, Brandy was serving as a judge on America's Got Talent, a role she left due to her ongoing legal troubles.

  • She Got Married (Sort Of) And Had A Daughter

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    In July of 2001, Brandy married music producer Robert "Big Bert" Smith. She gave birth to their daughter, Sy'rai, a year later (as documented on an MTV special called Brandy: Special Delivery), and the pair split in 2004.

    Smith later alleged that the wedding was a ruse designed to protect Brandy's wholesome image after she got pregnant; in fact, their union was never legal. Once they split, Brandy claimed she wasn't in love with Smith, and he said that he'd only ever cared for her as a friend.

  • Two Of Her Albums Flopped

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    Before being involved in a fatal car accident in 2006, Brandy was working on a new album, but stopped. Eventually, she returned to music, saying:

    "What I experienced in the past couple of years was tough, but I had to face it and find the strength to move forward. Connecting back with music has definitely helped me through everything. Once I got back in the studio, the butterflies went away."

    That 2008 album became Human, which flopped. Brandy left her label, Epic Records, and signed to Chameleon/RCA. Her follow-up LP, Two Eleven (2012), was pushed back repeatedly. Once it was released, it received a lot of acclaim, but once again sold poorly. Brandy then sued Chameleon.

  • She Starred In Chicago On Broadway

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    In April of 2015, Brandy made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago, one of America's longest-running musicals. At the time, she said:

    "I loved preparing for it. I feel like everything that I’ve done in my life has prepared me for this moment in my life – from acting, singing, dancing, Dancing with the Stars. All of the things that I’ve done have prepared me to [play] Roxie." 

    Two years later, she reprised the role in the show's national tour at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.