Ever since she arrived on the pop scene at the turn of the century, Pink has built a reputation for being a woman not to be messed with. And a recent riposte to an internet troll proved that the singer hasn’t mellowed with age. Here’s a look at how the star silenced her hater in style.
Born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, in 1979, to an insurance salesman father and nurse mother, Pink began performing with her first band in high school. She then moved on to the Philadelphia club scene aged just 14, where she adopted her Reservoir Dogs-inspired stage name. Two years later, she was chosen to join Chrissie Conway and Stephanie Galligan in R&B girlband Choice.
The group were signed to L.A. Reid’s LaFace Records shortly after, and they later appeared on the soundtrack to 1996 movie Kazaam. However, the group failed to achieve any notable success and disbanded in 1998. Pink was offered a solo contract with the same label and released her first studio effort, the two-million-selling Can’t Take Me Home, in 2000.
The record also spawned two U.S. Top 10 hits, “Most Girls” and “There You Go,” and was followed by a star-studded collaboration for the Moulin Rouge OST, “Lady Marmalade.” But Pink truly attained superstar status with 2001 sophomore release, Missundaztood. The L.P. shifted 12 million across the globe and produced several chart-topping singles, including “Just Like a Pill” and “Get the Party Started.”
Although Pink’s 2003 third album, Try This, failed to achieve the same success, it did give her a first ever Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. She did return to the top of the charts with 2006’s I’m Not Dead and 2008’s Funhouse, with the latter spawning her first solo number one, “So What.” She then scored a second with “Raise Your Glass,” taken from her first compilation, Greatest Hits… So Far!!!
In 2012 Pink’s sixth LP, The Truth About Love, became her first to enter the top of the Billboard 200. She also reached number one with its fourth single, a duet with fun.’s Nate Ruess titled “Just Give Me a Reason.” Pink continued her collaborative streak by recording an entire album with Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green under the guise of You+Me.
Seventeen years after releasing her solo debut, Pink showed she was just as popular as ever when her seventh L.P., Beautiful Trauma, became the year’s third-best global seller. As of 2018, she’s shifted an astonishing 50 million singles and 40 million albums across the world. She’s also picked up three Grammys, seven MTV Video Music Awards, a Brit and a Daytime Emmy.
Pink is also widely regarded as one of the most impressive concert artists of her generation. This is largely due to the fact she often sings completely live while simultaneously performing various acrobatic stunts. She’s hit the road for several major tours, including 2010’s The Funhouse Summer Carnival and 2018’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour.
Pink has also moonlighted as an actress over the years, appearing in several box-office hits. She played herself in 2010’s Get Him to the Greek and 2016’s Popstar: Never Stop Stopping. She also landed the roles of Gloria in Happy Feet Two, Dede in Thanks for Sharing and Carolyn in Catacombs.
Pink’s romantic life has been as enduring as her professional. She first met husband Carey Hart, a professional motocross racer, at Philadelphia’s X Games in 2001. The pair married five years later, before announcing their split in 2008. However, the couple reunited in 2010, and the next year they welcomed their first child, Willow Sage, into the world. Their son Jameson Moon was born in 2016.
Pink has also built a reputation as pop’s feistiest diva. And one particular Twitter troll found that out to their cost in 2018. After radio station 102.7 KIIS FM sent out a tweet featuring a picture of the singer in concert, huachinango83 decided to respond in less than complimentary fashion. They replied, “Wow Pink looks so old that she should be named Purple instead.”
The Twitter troll not only replied to the radio station who posted the original tweet but to Pink herself. And, of course, the singer wasn’t going to take that lying down. The Grammy winner began her comeback with, “You must be from L.A. Well, there are a few people left in the world that choose to age naturally.”
Pink then continued to put huachinango83 in their place, adding, “And I’ve earned every f—ing minute of my 38 years. How you lookin’ though? ‘Cause I never heard of ya ’til you put my name in your mouth. I shall call you little purple troll.”
And Pink wasn’t done there. She added, “I am of the mindset that it’s a blessing to grow old — that if your face has lines around your eyes and mouth it means you’ve laughed a lot. I pray I look older in 10 years, cause that will mean I’m alive.”
Pink’s comeback received more than 10,000 retweets and 68,000 likes. One particularly supportive admirer told the star that he would still like to see her performing her famously acrobatic shows when she’s an octogenarian. The star jokingly replied, “I’ll call it ‘the wrinkles and rolls tour.’”
Pink’s response received some strong support from a fellow A-list talent. Reese Witherspoon tweeted, “Agree Pink! We are supposed to grow old, and our faces and our bodies that carry us through this life. Gotta have gratitude for every minute on this Earth.”
A month earlier Pink had told People magazine that she’s always keen to fight back when it comes to online abuse. She said, “Constructive criticism is one thing, and I take that all day long. But there needs to be some accountability to all this anonymous keyboard warrioring.”
Pink went on to add, “Certain things push my button. You would never say that to my face. Please, come do it. Let’s talk about it, let’s see who you are.” She then revealed that she also prefers to tackle her haters head on “to provide some accountability for people.”
“That sends a message out there to people that are anonymous and hateful that their rug’s going to get pulled sometimes and publicly,” Pink continued. “And their account’s going to get shut down because they’re not going to be able to handle it because they’re not as big and bad as they pretend to be.” And she also wants daughter Willow to follow in her footsteps.
“I’m a truth-teller,” Pink told People. “I tell my daughter the truth. I let her be six, but I want her to know about fairness and kindness, and that you have to fight for your rights, and that sometimes girls aren’t paid as much as boys for the same job, and girls aren’t treated the same and that they have to work harder for everything.”