Posted by | March 12, 2008 18:44 | Filed under: Top Stories

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She’s worried she’ll be perceived as a monster, as she hides in her Flatiron district high rise.  She came to New York from Jersey to pursue a musical career.  Her birth name is Ashley Youmans and now goes by the name Ashley Alexander Dupre. 

On MySpace, it says: “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.”

She left “a broken family” at age 17, having been abused, according to the MySpace page, and has used drugs, “been broke and homeless.”

“Learned what it was like to have everything and lose it, again and again,” she wrote. “Learned what it was like to wake up one day and have the people you care about most gone.

“But I made it,” she continues. “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.”

Carolyn Capalbo, 46, Ms. Dupre’s mother, said that she attended Wall High School in Belmar until her sophomore year, when she moved to North Carolina. “She was a young kid with typical teenage rebellion issues, but we are extremely close now,” Ms. Capalbo said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

In 2006, Ms. Dupre changed her legal name, according to records in Monmouth County Superior Court, from Ashley R. Youmans to Ashley Rae Maika DiPietro, taking her step-father’s surname, since she regarded him as as “the only father I have known.” But in the interview, she referred to herself as Ashley Alexandra Dupre, which is how she is known on MySpace.

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