Yo Yo Honey Singh was born in Punjab, in a small town, Hoshiarpur, to a Sikh family. Honey Singh began his journey in the music industry as a recording artist and later went on to produce and sing Punjabi songs while his family moved to Delhi from Punjab. Well, many don't know that Honey Singh is not the singer's real name, but an on-screen one. His birth name is Hirdesh Singh. Honey Singh learned music at the Trinity School in United Kingdom. (All photos/mid-day archives)
Honey Singh created a huge rage in Bollywood through chartbusters like Blue Eyes, Chaar Botal Vodka featuring Sunny Leone, Love Dose and Urvashi Rautela. His hip hop songs became so popular that filmmakers wanted to have a 'Honey Singh song' in their films.
Pictured: A little Hirdesh is all happy in his mother's arms, Bhupinder Kaur.
Can you recognise this cute toddler? It's Honey Singh enjoying a ride in a park while smiling for the camera. Throughout his career, Honey Singh maintained a low profile in terms of discussing his family on public platforms. After creating some unforgettable songs, namely, Aata Majhi Satakli from Ajay Devgn-Kareena Kapoor Khan's Singham Returns and Lungi Dance starring Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone from Chennai Express, the singer was also offered to judge singing reality shows.
In an exclusive interview with mid-day, when the sensational rapper was asked how Hirdesh became Yo Yo Honey Singh, he said, "Every person has a dream in life and my dream was to earn a lot of name and fame, and that too in a different way. And from that thought, I started my work and made my effort as a music producer. As the years passed, there were a lot of albums and people started getting to know me. And then, it was time to give myself an iconic name. The word 'Yo Yo' is a slang which means 'Apka Apna'. I opted for this prefix with my name to make it sound unique and see, I am famous now with 'Yo Yo'!"
Pictured: Honey Singh with his father Sardaar Sarabjit Singh.
When he was asked about what music means to him, and his contribution towards bringing the earthy Punjabi flavour to Bollywood music, Honey Singh said that language has never been a bar from him. "Punjabi beats are enjoyed by everyone and anyone can dance to them. This also keeps your culture alive. I am a music composer as well as a singer, so I always look for what the audience demands and I try my best to give them something better each time. Whether it's Punjabi, Hindi, English, or any other language, I am always ready to do something different. I am ready to face challenges," said Hirdesh Singh aka Honey Singh.
Pictured: Honey Singh with his parents, Sardaar Sarabjit Singh and Bhupinder Kaur.
At the peak of his career, Honey Singh credited his success to his fans and had said, "It's not only me who has made the efforts to become the flavour of the season. Without my fans, it was not possible. I thank my followers and fans from the depth of my heart."
Pictured: Honey Singh with Shalini Talwar at a function.
Honey Singh married his childhood friend, Shalini Talwar. The two studied at the same school and were classmates. Apparently, it was love at first sight, which continued silently forever. Eventually, they started dating but managed to keep this affair, a secret one! Shalini and Honey dated nearly throughout their schooling.
In this picture, Honey Singh with wife Shalini Talwar on his wedding day.
Despite the media scrutiny, Honey Singh managed to keep his love affair under wraps and secretly tied the knot with Shalini Talwar in a traditional Punjabi style. They had a Sikh wedding in Delhi. He introduced his wife, Shalini on the national television on a singing reality show, where he was one of the judges for a brief period of time. The singer always chose to give questions about his family and personal life, a pass.
Honey Singh suddenly went missing being the judge of the singing reality show (2014) due to a back injury and never returned. At that time, there were reports that he got into a brawl with one of the A-list actors, who apparently grabbed Singh's collar and slapped him, and therefore, the latter decided to stay away from the limelight. However, back then, Honey Singh squashed this rumour and set it straight saying that he was home, recovering from his back injury and had no fight with anyone.
Honey Singh returned to the music era in 2016 and attributed his 18 months absence to bipolar disease. While he was out of action, reports of him being treated at a rehabilitation centre started emerging. However, post his almost two-year sabbatical, he clarified that he was suffering from bipolar disorder and wasn't at any rehab centre. The Angrezi Beat singer was staying at his Noida house, away from the media glare while he was getting treated.
In 2016, Honey Singh was back in the music scene, but, alas, he got into a scuffle with his fellow rapper-buddy, Badshah. While Honey was absent, Badshah was approached for rap numbers in movies and reportedly, this led to a scuffle between the two, which went public. They were locked in a verbal vendetta, where Yo Yo called himself a Rolls-Royce and compared Badshah to a Nano car. Later at an event, Badshah slammed Yo Yo by calling him "a nobody" and added "Nano is one car which is more seen on the roads unlike the posh Rolls-Royce and whatever is seen in the public eye, sells more."
There isn't always a lean period in one's life, as they say. Honey Singh won the hearts of his fans and the audience with his comeback track, Dil Chori Sadda Ho Gaya from Kartik Aaryan-starrer, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2017). The song was a remake by Punjabi legend Hans Raj Hans. Rightly, so, the song went on to become a super hit!
Talking about Dil Chori Sadda Ho Gaya, which can be considered as his second innings in Bollywood, Honey Singh told mid-day, "I've always appreciated Hans Raj Hansji's work. It was great to turn his song into a Bhangra number with Hindi lyrics. I am happy to bring a new song for my fans. I want to convey my love to them because they have waited for my music for so long."
Yo Yo Honey Singh was warmly welcomed by his industry friends. He was also invited for Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's celebrity-wedding reception (2018) held in Mumbai. Singh met his old-buddy, Guru Randhawa and shared several photos from the function on his Instagram account. The Punjabi 'mundas' ganged up for a selfie with the groom, Ranveer Singh in this picture.
From surviving the dark chapters of his life to emerging triumphant in his battle, we wish Hirdesh Singh aka Yo Yo Honey Singh, the heartiest birthday ever!
From a small town boy to a singing sensation and finally stepping his feet in the world of glamour, Yo Yo Honey Singh ruled the chartbusters, and dominated the music scene with his peppy songs. However, it wasn't a smooth ride for him at the beginning but he soon found his way towards success and went on to creating popular indie-pop songs. Honey Singh has also received criticism for his "raunchy" lyrics and experienced a slide in his career, which affected his life - both professionally and personally. However, he bounced back with 'Dil Chori'. On his 36th birthday, we trace the Chaar Botal Vodka singer-rapper's journey from Hirdesh Singh to Yo Yo Honey Singh through these rare and unseen pictures.
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