Adrienne Bailon, Cheetah Girl on Her Own

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Adrienne Bailon is an actress, singer, songwriter and dancer who became famous during her days with The Cheetah Girls, a popular girl group.

Born October 24, 1983, in New York City, Bailon's first taste of stardom came in 1999 when she sang at Madison Square Garden with her church choir. Pop star Ricky Martin, who was looking for backup singers, asked the the choir director to choose the four best vocalists from the choir. Bailon was chosen and performed with Martin that evening.

Bailon's performance with Martin was only the beginning. Her big break came in 2000 with the release of 3LW, the self-titled debut album of the R&B group that included Naturi Naughton and Kiely Williams.

In 2003, Bailon was cast with Williams, Sabrina Bryan and Raven-Symoné in the Disney channel original movie "The Cheetah Girls."

The Cheetah Girls soundtrack was certified two times platinum. Based on the Cheetah Girls' success, Walt Disney Records turned the actresses into a singing girl group that stayed together until November 2009 when the women broke up to pursue solo careers.

Like many other celebrities, Bailon became a controversial figure in 2008 when nude photographs of her were released on the Internet. Bailon said the photos were intended for then-boyfriend Rob Kardashian and were obtained from a stolen laptop. A gossip blogger, however, claimed that Bailon leaked the photos to gain publicity. Though the incident was never officially resolved, Bailon's career suffered from the bad press. Shortly after the photos were released, The Cheetah Girls were dropped from the 2008 Thanksgiving Day Parade lineup.

Bailon didn't let that setback stop her. Since the Cheetah Girls broke up, she has been an MTV host and begun work on her first solo album set to be released in late 2009 or early 2010.

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