Carly Rae Jepsen, the 28-year old Canadian songstress who had a huge breakout hit two years ago with “Call Me Maybe” may be financially broke. Cosmopolitan reports that Jepsen visited a New York pawnshop to try and get a cash loan on a $25,000 handbag and she was rebuked by the shop. According to a post on blogsite Crazy Days and Nights:
“This very recent one hit wonder was in a NYC pawn shop yesterday trying to get money for a bag she paid $25K for. When the pawn shop said they don’t loan money on bags because they could be fake, the foreign born singer begged them to at least give her a couple of thousand. They said no so she eventually gave them a piece of jewelry to get the money she needed.”
Jepsen’s management, Simkin Artist Management, were quick to jump to her aid by disputing the alleged pawn shop fiasco, but in their rebuttal, they did not deny it happened. Only that the rumors of Jepsen’s financial hardships are just that: rumors.
“I have no knowledge of the incident in question,” Jonathan Simkin said in a statement, “but the conclusion that she is broke is outlandish.”
Carly Rae Jepsen was most recently on a Broadway stage as the title character in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in New York, which places her in the right location for the infamous pawn shop trip. In fact, the production had a hard time selling tickets as Jepsen’s “one-hit wonder” status didn’t translate to greater Broadway Box Office success.
Over the weekend, Jepsen attended the wedding of Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, and performed “Call Me Maybe” for the newlyweds, with Bieber singing backup. By all reports, Jepsen was a guest and not a paid performer at the event. Her performance was complimentary.
Carly Rae Jepsen is readying a new album with producer Bennie Blanco, and in a recent interview with MTV, Jepsen revealed that one of her “hugest crushes” would also be guesting on the new record: Cyndi Lauper.
“I met her in Osaka, Tokyo at the Summer Sonic festival there and I have the hugest crush on her and I just stalked her side stage and basically asked if I could one day work with her,” Jepsen said. “And she said ‘Yes.”
The album reportedly will be less pop and more folk, more ’90s influenced, as Jepsen tries to shake the pop one-hit wonder curse. However it sounds, if Carly Rae Jepsen is in fact broke, the new material could not come at a better time. Time will tell if Jepsen is here to stay, or if she’ll be visiting more pawn shops in the future.
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