Bebe Rexha is of Albanian descent. Her father Flamur moved to Brooklyn, New York US when he was 21 and worked menial jobs to support the family. "Mum and dad worked really hard but they never let me know that we had no money," she recalled to The BBC.
Bebe's family moved to nearby Staten Island when she was six. Their home was strict and music was seen as bad. She recalled: "My dad was like, 'That's the devil's career.'"
Despite her father's misgivings, Bebe decided at the age of eight to take up the trumpet. She later taught herself to play guitar and piano. After joining the Tottenville High School school choir, she discovered that her voice was a coloratura soprano.
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