Danielle Bregoli is an American rapper, internet sensation, and television personality who gained initial fame for her appearance in an episode of ‘Dr. Phil’ in September 2016. She is also known as Bhad Bhabie (pronounced "bad baby"), which is her stage name. A native of Florida, Bregoli garnered both media and public attention due to her appearance in ‘Dr. Phil’. Her behaviour on the show later became the subject of the viral video meme and catchphrase "cash me outside, how 'bout dah?" The appearance eventually resulted in a budding music career for Bregoli. She has released several singles, including ‘These Heaux’ and ‘Hi Bich’. In 2018, Bhad Bhabie put out her debut mixtape, titled ‘15’. She had been nominated for the MTV Movie & TV Award for Trending in 2017 and the Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Female Artist in 2018.
Rise to Fame
Danielle Bregoli has always been a troubled child and by the time of their appearance on ‘Dr. Phil’, her mother had virtually given up on her. On September 14, 2016, Barbara and Danielle spoke with Dr. Phil McGraw during a segment called "I Want To Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried To Frame Me For A Crime". Comparing her daughter with the biblical figure Antichrist, Barbara talked about Danielle’s behaviour and actions, including her attempt to steal a car that belonged to a crew member during the filming of the episode. The audience members began to laugh as they learned about Danielle’s antics, making her more and more agitated. She eventually lashed out at them, saying, “Cash me ousside how bout dat". It was her pronunciation of the phrase that was turned into a meme and she became famous on social media as the "'Cash Me Outside' Girl". She and her mother would make another appearance on the show on February 10, 2017. However, there was no studio audience this time.
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Following her first appearance on ‘Dr. Phil’, her catchphrase spawned a single. Recorded by DJ Suede The Remix God, it was listed on the Billboard Hot 100, Streaming Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
In early 2017, she signed a contract with product placement manager Adam Kluger, who was looking for ways to improve his own standing in the music industry. On August 26, 2017, she put out her first single, ‘These Heaux’ (pronounced “hoes”). It peaked at number 77 on the US Billboard Hot 100, effectively making Bregoli the youngest female rap artist to debut on the music chart.
The success of the song drew the attention of some of the biggest record labels in the industry. She eventually signed a multi-album recording contract with Atlantic Records. By now, she had adopted the stage name Bhad Bhabie. She put out her second single, ‘Hi Bich’, on 22 September 2017. Produced by Ronny J, the song peaked at number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number 29 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard). It also received the gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In 2017, she also put out three non-album singles: ‘Whachu Know’, ‘I Got It’, and ‘Mama Don't Worry (Still Ain't Dirty)’. She started off 2018 with the release of yet another non-album single, ‘Both of Em’.
Her song, ‘Gucci Flip Flops’, which was released on March 26, 2018, is the first collaboration between her and rapper Lil Yachty. It is one of her most successful tracks to date, having been certified gold by RIAA and Music Canada (MC). On 14 June 2018, she put out the single ‘Trust Me’, which featured Ty Dolla Sign. Her debut mixtape, ‘15’, was released on 18 September the same year.
Bregoli was born on March 26, 2003, in Boynton Beach, Florida, to Ira Peskowitz and Barbara Ann Bregoli. Ira and Barbara were in a year-long relationship during which Barbara’s pregnancy occurred. They were together at the time of Danielle’s birth but broke up when she was an infant. Since then, her mother has raised her on her own. A relationship never really developed between Bregoli and her father. Ira is a police officer who is currently serving as a deputy at the Palm Beach Police Department.
Since Bregoli was featured on ‘Dr. Phil’, she has encountered several legal issues. She and her mother filed lawsuits against three companies for what they called “infringing her intellectual property rights”, after these companies marketed products using her catchphrase without explicit consent. They had reached out to Walmart with the threat of a lawsuit for putting her catchphrase on T-shirts.
Bregoli went to a Utah ranch for troubled teens after her first appearance on ‘Dr. Phil’. In July 2017, she was given a sentence of five years’ probation for grand theft, marijuana possession, and filing a false police report. However, she subsequently employed a new lawyer, who helped her reduce the sentence considerably. The probation ended in March 2018.