Who Is Karen O’s Husband? Here Are Facts About The American-South Korean Singer

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When you think of singers who would not hesitate to spring a surprise prank on their audience, your mind would naturally run to Karen O, the vivacious and energetic lead singer of the famous band known as Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Karen whose instruments are vocals, guitar, and the keyboard has been described by fans as a beautiful gift from nature.

The South Korean-born musician, singer, songwriter and record producer started her career in the year 2000 and since then, she has recorded a few solo albums. On the 9th day of September 2014, her first solo album titled Crush Songs dropped and the next year, precisely on 17th February 2015, Karen released a live album titled Live from Crush Palace which mainly featured live renditions of tracks from her first album Crush Songs.

Who Is Karen O’s Husband?

The vivacious singer’s name was linked to Spike Jonze and Angus Andrew, the lead singer of the Liars, but she got married to music and film director Barnaby Clay in December 2011. Karen’s husband Barnaby who has been active in the entertainment industry since 1996 graduated from London International Film School the same year. His career took off with his alma mater’s entry to the Fuji Film Scholarship Award with a short film titled Justice in Mind which earned him the top award of Best Film. After graduation, Barnaby went into directing commercials and music videos and subsequently, he has directed music videos for notable bands like; Dave Gahan, John Spencer Blues Explosion, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and Gnarls Barkley. His first documentary titled Greetings from Beartown was made for Britain’s Channel 4 in 2003 and Carousel, a short film he wrote and directed, took off in 2015.

After his marriage to Karen O, the music director went into collaboration with his wife and directed her debut solo record. The celebrity couple currently lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of LA California, and on the 27th day of September 2015, their son joined the family. From all indications, the couple seems to be living happily as we have not heard any rumors of divorce or separation from them since their connubial in 2011.

Here Are Facts About American-South Korean Singer Karen O

  • Birth Details

The boisterous vocalist Karen O was born as Karen Lee Orzolek in Busan, South Korea, on the 22nd day of November 1978 to a Polish father and a South Korean mother. Karen whose Zodiac sign is Scorpio spent her formative years in Englewood, New Jersey where her family relocated to after her some years.

  • Educational Institutions Attended

The young star attended Dwight-Englewood School and proceeded to Oberlin College for further studies. She later joined New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she went to fine tune her act.

  • Music Labels

Karen O has been performing under several music labels which include; Cult, Shifty, Interscope, Touch and Go, DGC and Dress Up.

  • Net Worth

Karen has been earning good money since the debut of her career in 2000 when she became the frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Her total net worth has been estimated at a handsome $8 million which is likely to go up in the next review since the songbird is still active in the business of entertainment.

  • Body Stats

Though the details of her general body statistics are not public knowledge, it is on record that the mother of one stands at a height of five feet six inches.

  • Philanthropy

The philanthropic side of the famous entertainer came to fore when she supported Little Kids Rock, a national non-profit organization whose sole aim is revitalizing music education in less privileged US public institutions of learning. Karen showed her support by painting a custom Fender Stratocaster which she donated to the organization for auction and fundraising.

  • On-Stage Antics

The energetic entertainer has never ceased to spring outrageous pranks on her audience during live shows. On several occasions, Karen O has spat water, beer or sometimes grapes into the crowd, her on-stage antics which have been likened to that of punk legends like Patti Smith and landed her in the hospital in 2003 when she inadvertently danced off the stage at a sideshow at the Metro, Sydney Australia. She still appeared at the same festival in a wheelchair which was pushed by her lover Angus Andrew.

  • Sense of Fashion

Karen O is known for her sense of fashion which runs to the ostentatious and flamboyant. It is on record that all her costumes and stage get-ups were designed by her close friend Christian Joy who is a notable fashion designer.


  • Genre

The singer’s genres include Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Stage & Screen, Film Music, Soundtracks, Indie Rock, Garage Punk and Original Score.

  • Awards and Recognition

Karen O is a two-time winner of Spin Magazine’s Sex Goddess Award in 2004 and 2005 respectively. The following year, Blender named her one of rock’s hottest women and she made the 3rd position on Spinner.com’s Women Who Rock Right Now in 2007. The celebrity singer also bagged the Shockwaves NME Award for the Hottest Woman in February 2010.

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