Cassie began her career as a result of meeting record producer Ryan Leslie in late 2002, who later signed her to NextSelection Lifestyle Group. During this time, Diddy heard “Me & U” in a club, and Leslie convinced him to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie’s NextSelection imprint for the release of Cassie’s debut album.
Cassie’s self titled debut studio album was released in August 2006, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 top three hit “Me & U”, which became a major hit in 2006. She began work on her second studio album in 2007 releasing three singles; “Official Girl” featuring Lil Wayne in August 2008, “Must Be Love” featuring Diddy in April 2009, and “Let’s Get Crazy” featuring Akon in August 2009, which all failed to chart in the USA, in late 2009 Cassie signed a record deal with Interscope Records. On April 11, 2013 Cassie released her debut mixtape RockaByeBaby, which was promoted with the release of “Numb” featuring Rick Ross and “Paradise” featuring Wiz Khalifa.
Apart from music, Cassie is signed to modeling agency Wilhelmina Models and One Management. Cassie has modeled for Calvin Klein one and has been featured in magazines including GQ and Bust and becoming the face of ASOS 2013 spring collection, Cassie has appeared in adverts for Delia’s, Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, Seventeen, and a commercial for Clean and Clear. Cassie is known for being a style icon due to her “edgy style” and “feminine” and “sophisticated” fashion. Cassie is also known for setting the trend among women of shaving their hair, after Cassie shaved hers in 2009 influenced by punk. Cassie cites Kate Moss as her style influence. Cassie has also ventured into acting; she made her film debut in Step Up 2: The Streets (2008).
Cassie Ventura was born in 1986 in New London, Connecticut; the daughter of a Filipino father and a mother of African-American, Mexican and West Indian descent. She attended the Williams School, a preparatory school, located on the Connecticut College campus. At age 14 Cassie began modeling, and when she was sixteen, she was modelling for local department stores, Delia’s fashion catalogue, and Seventeen. Cassie also briefly appeared in R&B singer Mario’s “Just a Friend 2002” music video. Encouraged by producer Rockwilder, Cassie took vocal lessons, modern ballet, as well as using her school’s performing arts program. Cassie finished high school in 2004, instead of going to college like her peers she moved to New York City, where she returned to modelling and classes at the Broadway Dance Center. Whilst Cassie was in New York, she began booking print and commercial modelling gigs and being represented by Wilhelmina Models.
Cassie has been dating music mogul Diddy on and off since 2007, and on more than one occasion, the police have been called due to the volatile nature of their relationship. The couple started arguing in a car in Beverly Hills last year after Cassie, said she wanted to call time on their romance.
This prompted the suspicious rap mogul Diddy, 46, to grab her phone and start scrolling through it as they drove home. Diddy then jumped out of the vehicle with the phone and she went away with the driver.
Though the rapper eventually returned to their shared Los Angeles house, he then took two cars parked outside. Meanwhile, Cassie had told her mother what had happened before her on/off lover got back to their house, and her mom called police.
Officers visited but left when Cassie explained she had got the phone back, though they still wrote up a domestic incident report. This isn’t the first time the couple have split as Cassie appeared to have dumped the hitmaker, who has five children from past relationships, in December amid reports he had been ‘pictured with a woman at a number of events’.
At the time, she made an Instagram post which has since been deleted which read: ‘How I sleep knowing that I’m single and no one is cheating on me.’
The duo were then pictured again together, looking seemingly happy throughout the year, with both taking to Instagram to post snaps together.
Diddy previously admitted Cassie had ‘some questions’ after he was spotted chatting to his former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez at the 2015 American Music Awards the previous November. There has also been talk of Diddy’s controlling behaviour being a contributing factor to Cassie not releasing any new music…..