Kim Wilde is an English pop singer and author who holds the record for being the most-charted British female solo act of the 80s.
She was born on November 18, 1960, in Chiswick, London, England, the UK, as Kim Smith.
Her parents are singer Marty Wilde and Joyce Baker.
Wilde went to Oakfield Preparatory School.
In 1980, Kim inked a deal with producer Mickie Most’s Rak Records.
In early 1981, she released her debut single “Kids in America.” It sold over 500,000 copies in the United Kingdom.
Her self entitled debut album was released in June 1981 via Rak Records. The songs were written by her younger brother Ricky and her father.
On May 10, 1982, Kim released her second album titled – ”Select” by RAK label. The album sold over 100,000 copies in France.
In 1983, Wilde received the Brit Award for Best British Female solo artist.
In 1984, she signed with MCA Records.
In November 1984, Wilde released another album called – ”Teases & Dares” by MCA Records. It was followed by ”Another Step” in 1986.
In 1988, Kim released the album ”Close.” It reached the Top 10 in the UK.
In 1988, she supported Michael Jackson on his Bad tour performing to over two million people. For participating in the ”Bad” tour, Wilde earned around $2 million.
”When I was on the Michael Jackson tour, I should have been happy,” Wilde confessed in an interview. ”It gave me an insight into that level of fame — there were lots of ugly aspects to it.”
Later, she retired from the limelight. ”I started going through a bad depression towards the end of my career,” Kim explained. The singer added: ”My self-esteem was really low. It took me a few years to recover from it.”
On September 1, 1996, Kim Wilde married Hal Fowler, a British actor who portrayed Mimban Lieutenant in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
They first met when they co-starred in the musical The Who’s Tommy. ”I was very lucky to meet my husband when I did when I was 36, he’s a good man, and we’ve been together for 20 years now,” Wilde said in a 2016 interview.
The couple has two children, Harry Tristan (b. on January 3, 1998) and Rose Elisabeth (b. on January 13, 2000).
When Wilde was pregnant with Harry, she decided to study horticulture at Capel Manor College.
”I was always drawn to plants and nature,” she told BBC. ”It’s very healing, and very therapeutic and inspiring.”
In 2005, she won a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.
”My husband and I are always in the garden, either working on it or planning it,” Wilde revealed for The National News.
In 2005, Kim released the book ”Gardening With Children.” It was followed by ”First Time Gardener” in 2006.
In 2006, she signed a new record deal with EMI Germany.
In 2009, Wilde said she had an encounter with a UFO.
”In 2009, my husband and a friend of mine witnessed 2 incredible lights in the sky over Welwyn Garden City,” Kim explained. She continued: ”All of a sudden it moved very quickly, from about 11.00 to 1.00. Then it just did that, back and forth, for several minutes.”
”It was some kind of sphere – no one knows how big, but my feeling was that it was very, very massive indeed,” Wilde said in another interview.
In 2010, Kim inked a deal with Sony Music Germany.
In August 2011, Wilde released an album called ”Snapshots.”
On October 23, 2013, Kim started her YouTube channel. One month later, she released an album titled – ”Wilde Winter Songbook” via Wildeflower Records. Her daughter sings backing vocals on the song Hope.
In 2018, Wilde released the album ”Here Come The Aliens.”
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”I feel older, wiser, calmer, happier, and more comfortable in my own skin than I’ve ever been, right now.”
”You need a bit more to be a pop star than just a good voice.”
”Gardens are always the first place I go to regenerate … they are a complete sensory experience.”
”As I have got older, there’s a little bit more of me to love than there used to be.”
”Real talent will get through whatever the obstacles.”
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When she was asked by The Guardian about which living person she admires the most, Wilde replied:
”Greta Thunberg [an environmental activist known for her straightforward speaking manner]. She has reached into the hearts and minds of people all over the world.”
Kim Wilde – Net Worth
Wilde earned most of her wealth from performing on stage and selling more than 10 million albums. Some of her released albums include – Now & Forever, Love Is, Love Moves, Close, Another Step, and Catch as Catch Can.
In addition, Kim has published several books, including – Gardening With Children and First-Time Gardener. Therefore, singer Kim Wilde has an estimated net worth of $22 million.
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