Jasmine Villegas

Interview with Jasmine V.

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[Published in the Sept. 2015 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine. Find on newsstands today!]

By Geraldine Estevez

While some may remember her as Justin Bieber’s love interest in the “Baby” music video, Jasmine Villegas, known commonly as Jasmine V., has worked tirelessly to build a name for herself. She launched her career at a young age, appearing on shows like “That’s So Raven” and “My Wife and Kids.” Still, success would not come as quickly as she once envisioned. Flash-forward several years and Villega’s music, including her single “That’s Me Right There” featuring Kendrick Lamar, along with her fan base, consisting of 1.6 million Twitter followers, attest to the kind of artist she is–one who connects with her audience.

Where are you from?

Originally, I’m from the Bay Area, San Jose. I’m half Filipino, half Mexican, and the only girl out of four kids. I never thought I’d be singing, but I sang karaoke at family parties, and that’s how it all started.

How will you approach maturing out of a teen following?

Although I appeared on the shows, I wasn’t a part of Disney, so it was easier for me to be myself and not feel like I had to be perfect.

What was working with Kendrick Lamar like?

I was a fan of his before doing “That’s Me Right There.” When he asked, I said do what you do because I knew he was talented.

What is the creative process like for you?

I’ve never sat down to write a song by myself. I’m quite nervous to do so. I talk with writers about the context of what I’m going through, and then we write together.

 

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@JASMINEVILLEGAS Uses New Music Video To Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

Jasmine Villegas, a half-Mexican pop singer, is one of many sounding the alarm of domestically violent relationships. In her new video to the song “Didn’t Mean It”, she uses her own story to tell a world of young women to speak out and not be ashamed to if they are or have been in an abusive romantic relationship. About 30 seconds into the video, you see a home video, taken with a hidden camera, of possibly Jasmine herself, being hit to the floor and dragged off to another room – all you hear are screams. It’s a sad video, but rather brave and bold of her to speak out in a way that fans would be attentive. In an MTV.com interview, she said she wants those who are in these domestically violent relationships to get out and get help, and reminded them how beautiful and special they are.

 

Check out the video below.

Jasmine, You in Danger, Chica!

Meet Jasmine Villegas.

This lovely young Latina is a rising star, and is currently on tour with teen pop sensation Justin Beiber (we know…we know…).

You probably know this sweet little miss best from her infectious, quasi-diabetic hit song, “Kiss Me Through the Phone.” (Yeah, Soulja Boy did it first. Curse you, Kat Stacks, for keeping his name in our mouths!)

Here’s the video:

And now, it seems Jasmine Villegas got herself wrapped en un escandalo when TMZ captured pics of her kissing her tour-mate, Justin Beiber. (*vomit*)

The Bieliebers have already broken out of their playpens, turned their rattles into shanks and are crawling for BLOOD!

Poor Jasmine. Such talent. Now she’ll have to change her name, get a new face, move to a different town and enter the Witness Protection Program.