Score another one for the New York Times: The newspaper that broke the Spitzer Sex Scandal has also tracked down Ashley Youmans aka Ashley Alexandra Dupre aka “Kristen,” the Emperors Club VIP prostitute whose dalliances with “Client 9” ended the governorship of Eliot Spitzer.
“I just don’t want to be thought of as a monster,” Dupre, a 22-year-old from New Jersey, told the New York Times. “This has been a very difficult time. It is complicated.”
On her MySpace profile, Dupre describes a hard journey from a “broken home” that she left at 17. She said she’s been abused, abused drugs, and was even homeless for while. She’s now living in a tony apartment in the Flatiron District, according to the Times.
You can still hear her song on her myspace and read blog posts from August of 2007.
This is how she describes herself:
“I am all about my music, and my music is all about me… It flows from what I’ve been through, what I’ve seen and how I feel. I live in New York and am on top of the world. Been here since 2004 and I love this city, I love my life here. But, my path has not been easy. When I was 17, I left home. It was my decision and I’ve never looked back. Left my hometown. Left a broken family. Left abuse. Left an older brother who had already split. Left and learned what it was like to have everything, and lose it, again and again. Learned what it was like to wake up one day and have the people you care about most gone. I have been alone. I have abused drugs. I have been broke and homeless. But, I survived, on my own. I am here, in NY because of my music. It started when I moved in with a musician during my odyssey to New York. One day, I was in the shower singing “respect.” He and his lead guitarist burst in, had me repeat it and it started. We wrote, rehearsed and toured. After recording a bit with them, I decided to move to Manhattan to pursue my music career. I spent the first two years getting to know the music scene, networking in clubs and connecting with the industry. Now, it’s all about my music. It’s all about expressing me. I can sit here now, and knowingly tell you that life’s hard sometimes. But, I made it. I’m still here and I love who I am. If I never went through the hard times, I would not be able to appreciate the good ones. Cliché, yes, but I know it’s true. I have experienced just how hard it can be. I can honestly tell you to never dwell on the past, but build from it and keep moving forward. Don’t let anyone hold you back or tell you that you can’t…because you can. I didn’t and here I am, just listen to it…. What we Want is my latest track. It’s really about trust, something my past has made very difficult for me to feel. This one was inspired by a guy, who taught me not to confuse my dreams with the sounds of the city…I hope you like it.”