TikTok sensation PinkPantheress is the ‘posh’ daughter of a statistics professor and civil servant

Exposed! The new 20-year-old TikTok pop sensation named PinkPantheress is the ‘elegant’ daughter of a statistics professor and civil servant

  • TikTok’s PinkPantheress has become one of the UK’s most promising pop singers
  • Despite the success, little is currently known about the 20-year-old social media star
  • Mail on Sunday may reveal that she is Vicky Beverly Walker, daughter of a statistics professor and civil servant

She is the social media phenomenon that has grown to be one of the UK’s most promising pop singers after winning the prestigious BBC Sound of 2022 poll last week.

But despite her success and more than a million TikTok fans, little is known about the 20-year-old protégé other than her stage name PinkPantheress.

But The Mail on Sunday may reveal that the real name of the star is Vicky Beverly Walker and that she is the daughter of a statistics professor and a Kenyan-born civil servant.

She was born in Bath in 2001, where her father Stephen worked in the mathematics department of the city university. A diplomat with good connections described the singer as “elegant”.

Roaring success: Singer PinkPantheress

With their mother Elza and older brother Christopher, the family moved to Kent in 2010, where a £ 500,000 townhouse was located in Canterbury.

She attended the selective and high performing Barton Court Grammar School, where she claims to be stacking shelves in the co-op supermarket.

Ms. Walker’s show business career began at the age of 12 dancing in a Bugsy Malone school production, but music was her passion and she started writing songs in her bedroom and planning her unorthodox approach to her career.

For the last year she has released music while living in London and studying film at university, but there is time for other pursuits like futsal, a football game played on a hard court.

Her stage name was coined after watching the ITV quiz show The Chase, in which host Bradley Walsh asked a contestant what to call a female panther.

Ms. Walker says the answer – panther – should be her name, but after realizing that there was already a person using it online, she put “pink” in front of it.

About her desire to be mysterious, she said, “I find it easier not to put every single card on the table. I like my privacy and I felt that if I had my music and face everywhere, it would be too much for people. ‘

She was born in Bath in 2001, where her father Stephen (pictured) worked in the math department of the city's university

She was born in Bath in 2001, where her father Stephen (pictured) worked in the math department of the city university

That didn’t stop her from working on growing her followers on TikTok, however. Her strategy of following 1,000 people an hour paid off, and her popularity was soon noticed by the Parlophone record label, which was home to artists like Coldplay and Sir Paul McCartney to whom she signed.

In October, Ms. Walker released her debut album To Hell With It and a week later she was introduced by US fashion designer Marc Jacobs as his new muse alongside young models Iris Law and Bella Hadid.

Despite her shyness about her true identity, Ms. Walker is well connected and networks with Kenya’s UK High Commissioner Manoah Esipisu, who described her as “posh” and revealed that she regularly visits Mombasa, her mother’s port city, homeland.

Last Thursday, Ms. Walker was revealed as the BBC’s future tip after 130 music industry experts voted for her, including singers Sir Elton John, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, Ed Sheeran and Billie Eilish.

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