Aussie singer Tones and I spotted after recent extreme makeover

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Australian singer-songwriter Tones and I has been spotted out and about at Perth Airport, after stunning her fans with a near-unrecognisable makeover earlier this month.

The Dance Monkey singer, real name Toni Watson, debuted a high-glam new look on her Instagram account recently. The new image, including high heels and a figure-hugging corset, was such a switch-up for the singer that some fans commented they couldn’t actually recognise her.

The Tones and I spotted in Perth is one fans are probably more used to seeing, as she kept it casual in a tracksuit, her hair pulled back in a plaited ponytail.

Another airport sighting this week – this time in Brisbane – included a detail that indicates just how well the former Byron Bay busker is doing nowadays: Tones brandished a Prada iPhone case which retails at $1800.

With her 2022 appearance on the Australian Financial Review’s Young Rich List, Tones is reported to be worth an estimated $35 million.

A big chunk of that would be thanks to her breakthrough hit, which became a global smash: She made headlines in February when Dance Monkey passed 3 billion streams on Spotify, making her the first female artist in history to hit the milestone.

She’s also amassed quite the property portfolio in recent years: In April 2021, she snapped up her third multimillion-dollar property on the Mornington Peninsula, where she grew up, dropping $7.08m on a luxurious Mount Eliza pad with a dazzling basement lounge.

It is within walking distance of another property the musician purchased in 2020 for $5.1m and a short drive from Frankston’s Lakewood Estate, where she is believed to have secured a humble $800,000 home for a friend or family member.

In August 2021, she purchased another house in Frankston for $720,000, and four months later, she also joined a long list of celebrities who own property in sought-after Byron Bay, after splashing $3.3m on a home on the town’s outskirts. She later bought a second home in Byron Bay.

All this home ownership hasn’t been without hassles – in November 2022, she visited one of her Byron Bay homes to find that squatters had taken it over, documenting their destruction on social media.

“The least they could do is clean up after themselves and maybe have a shower … the couches are all dirty. At least shower in the house if you’re going to use it,” she said afterwards. “I don’t know how to wash a mattress, but I’m going to figure it out today.”

Meanwhile, Tones opened up in a recent interview about why she’s shied away from public attention since Dance Monkey catapulted her to worldwide fame five years ago.

“Honestly, I just think that when everything happened at the start of my career, people were just making so much out of nothing and mention my name was just something everyone did at a certain point in time, and I just hated that feeling,” she said on Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne’s Life Uncut podcast back in March.

“It made me feel so disgusting and so like I didn’t like it. I wanted to stay underground and I felt dirty when people made up sh*t about me and I felt gross.”

In the same interview, Tones also said that scrutiny over her appearance and her choice of clothing had weighed heavily on her.

“I was so out of my comfort zone, I looked like I just crawled out of the gutter. I didn’t have an aesthetic or a style, I was a chubby little girl from the street. You just put me up and then you just smash me so far down, like I didn’t have a say in anything,” she recalled.

“With me specifically, people were so offended by how I looked that I started pre-empting what people would think before anything was even out. And I judged myself as harsh as I could so I was really prepared for all that criticism. Then it wasn’t a tactic anymore.

“I started hating myself so badly that anything I did, I just couldn’t see a positive reaction to anything.”

After playing dates in Japan and South Korea later this week, Tones will embark on a headlining Australian tour in August, having supported P!nk at a 20-date stadium tour across Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.

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