What was Sophie's net worth? Here's how the Scottish musician became a trans pop icon before death at 34
She has worked with Madonna, Charli XCX, Vince Staples, Namie Amuro, Cashmere Cat and many more musicians in the past
Scottish DJ and producer Sophie died at the age of 34 following a sudden accident on January 30. Her fans were sent into a frenzy on Twitter after an announcement about her death was made by the recording label PAN.
For a short while, there was no official confirmation regarding the artist's death which led fans to slam the record label for jumping the gun and they accused PAN of wanting to cash in on the buzz surrounding the singer. "Rest in Power you incredible human," the label said after announcing the singer had died. It took a while for the official confirmation to come but eventually, an official statement from the artist’s team confirmed the news to NME.
“It is with profound sadness that I have to inform you that musician and producer SOPHIE passed away this morning around 4am in Athens, where the artist had been living, following a sudden accident,” the statement read. “At this time respect and privacy for the family is our priority. We would also ask for respect for her fanbase, and to treat the private nature of this news with sensitivity. SOPHIE was a pioneer of a new sound, one of the most influential artists in the last decade. Not only for ingenious production and creativity but also for the message and visibility that was achieved. An icon of liberation.”
Who was Sophie?
According to Popular Bio, Sophie Xeon aka Sophie was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 17, 1986. She was a singer, songwriter, record producer and DJ whose claim to fame were her singles 'Bipp' and 'Lemonade', which was used by McDonald’s for a 2015 commercial. She has worked with Madonna, Charli XCX, Vince Staples, Namie Amuro, Cashmere Cat and many more musicians in the past. Her career kicked off when she joined a band named Motherland. She released her debut single 'Nothing More to Say' in February 2013.
Although her recent net worth is not known, at the age of 32, she was worth $46M, according to IMDb and Forbes.
The artist’s debut album ‘OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES’ was released via Transgressive back in 2018, and got nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2019 Grammys. Before that, she had released a single called 'It's Ok To Cry', which is available on YouTube. She affirmed her gender identity in the 2017 video for 'It’s Okay To Cry'.
She was a prominent part of the PC Music label and released a number of singles and projects on labels such as Numbers across the 2010s. Sophie had a busy summer last year as she debuted new music at a live-streamed show. She also launched a new project called Analemma with Juliana Huxtable and contributed to the Cyberpunk 2077 soundtrack too.
Sophie's personal life
Before the official announcement of her death, Sophie's ex-girlfriend Tzef Montana also posted a black panel on Instagram indicating that not everything was okay. However, they hadn't written anything, leading fans to ask if Sophie was okay in the comments section. The two of them were hailed as the future of Queer Love by Vogue in 2019.
In an interview with Paper, Sophie had spoken about being a transwoman and said it was, "An embrace of the essential idea of transness changes everything because it means there's no longer an expectation based on the body you were born into, or how your life should play out and how it should end. Traditional family models and structures of control disappear." She had also said transness to her was "taking control to bring your body more in line with your soul and spirit so the two aren't fighting against each other and struggling to survive. On this earth, it's that you can get closer to how you feel your true essence is without the societal pressures of having to fulfill certain traditional roles based on gender. It means you're not a mother or a father — you're an individual who's looking at the world and feeling the world. And it's somehow more human and universal, I feel."
A reddit screenshot of Montana's breakup statement accused Sophie of lying about being a trans-woman and used the pronoun "he" throughout to refer to Sophie. The statement has been slammed by a number of fans of the deceased musician who believed that Montana was trying to besmirch the DJ's image by doing so.