Nikki McKibbin's weight loss is trending on the internet. The singer passed away on 1 November 2020.
Nikki McKibbin, born on September 28, 1978, was an American rock singer-songwriter who finished the second runner up in the very first season of the reality TV show American Idol.
Before this singing competition, McKibbin took part in season one of the International reality TV franchise Popstars. Later, in May 2007, she dropped her debut album, Unleashed (2007).
On 1st November 2020, McKibbin died after getting hospitalized with a brain aneurysm on 28th October.
Nikki McKibbin's Weight Loss Might Have Something To Do with Her Past Struggles
Nikki McKibbin's life transformed forever when she debuted on American Idol, but it didn't mean success came straightforward.
She told People in August 2019,
I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my career, but also in life in general. I’ve battled substance abuse and I’m winning, but it’s still a struggle every day. For a long time, I wasn’t taking care of myself. I wasn’t being the person I should be. I’m in a better place now.
Then the show blew up and became a big thing and before I knew it, I was on magazine covers and being recognized everywhere I went. It was a good thing, but obviously, my career never became what Kelly [Clarkson]’s was. Which is okay, but I was hoping that the exposure would be more for me.
Even though American Idol was a "wonderful experience," several people thought it would be a windfall but it wasn't to be.
People automatically assumed that I was some millionaire because I was in the show, and nothing could be further from the truth. A couple of years later, I was still struggling financially, but people expect that you’re living this glamorous life and I’m like, “I’m just trying to pay my electric bill!”
Even before the age of social media, the singer, who was just 23 when she contested for Idol, met with the public's "brutal" remarks.
The worst was when Tamyra [Grey] was voted off before me. There wasn’t social media, but there were message boards that basically said I should quit the competition because I was a fraud. The worst ones were saying that I should kill myself, Then it came out that I had been a stripper before Idol. I did it for like five weeks and it became a scandal after I became famous.
Over the years, the singer has suffered from substance and alcohol addiction, potentially leading to weight loss.
I did deal with addiction and that was hard, and I, unfortunately, made that a public thing with Dr. Drew. So then I had to explain to people that I was ok, that I was recovering, that I was fine.
She added, "But now people always assume that I’m on something even when I’m not. I get it, though. I lied so much and was in such denial that how can you possibly believe me? I get it."
Since undergoing "back surgery a few times because of herniated discs," McKibbin said she got "addicted to painkillers."
I’m not anymore, but I was. Chronic pain can do a number on you.
In spite of her previous hardships, the singer told People in 2019 she carried a good feeling. Making reference to her son who followed Idol's footsteps in 2014, albeit he was eventually rejected after the audition phase, she said:
Just because life is hard doesn’t mean that there aren’t blessings along the way. So I continue to perform and write music. I continue to sing, and I will always do that. Am I going to become a household name? No, but I can make money doing it and it brings me happiness.
Nikki McKibbin added, "That’s what’s important. I’m doing well. I’m a survivor and I’ve come this far. That’s a good thing."
Nikki McKibbin Passed Away on 1st November 2020
The "American Idol," contestant from season 1, Nikki McKibbin took her final breath on November 1, 2020. She was 42 years old.
On 31st October, her husband Craig Sadler revealed on Facebook that she experienced an aneurysm a few days earlier. Craig wrote that his wife McKibbin remained on life support to help donate her organs.
I’ve got a good life now. My husband is an amazing man. Tristen is all grown up but he’s the best son a mom could want.
She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us. There are only a few hours left for me to hold her hand and kiss her forehead.
Sadler said when she was transported to the surgery room, where the medical team played Stevie Nicks' Landslide (1975) who Nikki absolutely idolized.
Sadler urged fans to take a minute to listen to the track and think about McKibbin. He said:
She will know that you're sharing her farewell. She loved so many of you and I know you loved her too.
Nikki McKibbin was the second runner up in the inaugural season of "American Idol" in 2002, behind champion Kelly Clarkson and the first runner-up Justin Guarini.