The Voice will.i.am: Real name, net worth and girlfriend history revealed

17 January 2020, 14:32 | Updated: 17 January 2020, 14:36

The Black Eyed Peas’ rapper will.i.am will return to ITV singing contest The Voice alongside Tom Jones, Olly Murs and Jennifer Hudson.

Will.i.am and his co-stars Tom Jones and Olly Murs are back with another series of ITV singing show The Voice, along with brand new judge Meghan Trainor.

The Black Eyed Peas rapper and his A-list pals will start their search for the next big thing in the blind auditions, hosted by Emma Willis.

As will.i.am returns to our screens, here’s everything you need to know about the star – from his net worth to his real name and dating history:

Will.i.am is back on The Voice
Will.i.am is back on The Voice. Picture: PA Images

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What is will.i.am’s real name?

Will.i.am was born William James Adams Jr. on March 15, 1975. Will.i.am is the star’s stage name.

Speaking to The New York Times in 2011, the musician explained the reason behind the creative name.

He explained: “I liked playing with words. I noticed that my name was a sentence, meaning one with will, who is strong-willed.”

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He continued: “And so I called my mom and said, ‘Hey, Mom, do you mind if I call myself Will.i.am?’ She was like: ‘Whaaa? You’re crazy.’ She was cool with it.”

The Black Eyed Peas at the 2005 Emmy Awards
Will.i.am rose to fame in band The Black Eyed Peas. Picture: Getty

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What is will.i.am’s net worth?

According to The Richest, will.i.am is worth around £60 million.

With five albums with The Black Eyed Peas under his belt and his own solo musical projects, will.i.am is also a partner in Beats Electronics.

The star has sold 76 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide.

Will.i.am has also produced music with stars such as Rihanna, Cheryl, Nicki Minaj and David Guetta.

Fergie’s bandmate has also dabbled in the fashion industry, film and TV as well as being a coach on The Voice and The Voice Kids.

In 2016, the star revealed that he had donated most of his £600,000 salary to charity The Prince’s Trust.

In April of that year, he tweeted: “I gave the majority of the money I made on the voice to the @PrincesTrust to build a tech program to get the kids from east LDN up to speed.”

Cheryl and will.i.am
Cheryl and will.i.am's close friendship led to romance speculation in 2007. Picture: Getty

Does will.i.am have a girlfriend?

Will.i.am, 43, is believed to be single, having failed to publicly acknowledge a relationship for sometime now.

Previously speaking about dating, he told the Mirror: "I don't have time for girlfriends, and that's why I just keep busy. I keep going because that's what I want to do."

While will.i.am hasn’t been public with anyone for sometime, this has not stopped speculation circling among fans.

Former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl was rumoured to be more than friends with the hit maker when they collaborated on song Heartbreaker in 2007.

Other reports claimed will.i.am enjoyed a brief Romance with reality star Casey Batchelor in 2014, while he's also been linked to Australian popstar Natalie Imbruglia back in 2008.