Just like Dua Lipa and Rita Ora, Bebe is of Albanian descent.
“There’s something in the water over there,” she laughs. “We’re strong. We’re built like horses and we can withstand anything.”
The singer’s father Flamur moved to the US when he was 21 and worked menial jobs to support the family. “Mum and dad worked really hard but they never let me know that we had no money,” says the star.
Nonetheless, their home in Staten Island was “very strict”, the star recalls. “Music was seen as a bad thing. My dad was like, ‘That’s the devil’s career.'”
Bebe Rexha has made a good living out of writing hits for other people and, occasionally, getting to sing them herself.
The New Yorker rose to fame after helping craft The Monster for Eminem and Rihanna, and Me Myself & I for G-Eazy, among others.
She’s currently in the UK top 10 as part of Rita Ora’s all-star pop banger Girls, while her recent single Meant To Be – a duet with country duo Florida Georgia Line – spent 28 weeks at number one on the US country charts.
It’s all the result of a 10-year struggle to make it in the music industry.
“I literally banged on doors until my hands were black and blue… Until they were bloodied,” the 28-year-old tells the BBC (her hands seem fine, in case you’re concerned).
Ahead of the release of her debut album Expectations next week, here are 10 things you need to know about the most improbably-named pop star since Englebert Humperdinck.
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