O-Town's Ashley Parker Angel Shares Rare Insight Into His Life Outside of the Spotlight

Ashley Parker Angel, who just wrapped a stint on The Masked Singer, told E! News in an exclusive interview more about his private life in the years since he left O-Town in the early 2000s.

By Hayley Santaflorentina Nov 30, 2023 7:49 PMTags
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These really are the days for Ashley Parker Angel. 

The former O-Town member, who was recently unveiled as the S'more on The Masked Singer, reflected on leaving Hollywood in the early aughts and what he's done in the years since, which included time on Broadway, a newly discovered passion for fitness coaching and raising his son Lyric, 18.

"After I did my last Broadway show—I did Wicked the musical, played my dream role, Fiyero—I went home to focus on being a dad," Ashley, 42, told E! News in an exclusive interview. "I just love being a dad so much. And for 20 years of my life, I traveled around the world, singing and acting and performing. But I was really looking to kind of settle down for a little bit, be there through his whole high school chapter."

In fact, despite his past as a beloved popstar, being a dad to Lyric—who he shares with his ex-fiancée Tiffany Lynn—is his "greatest achievement."

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"When you're a parent," the Making the Band alum reflected, "it's unlike anything you'll ever experience in life, it's the most rewarding and the most demanding job on the planet. On a soul level, it really changes every aspect of how you think of yourself, and how you think of life. It's a different kind of love than you'll ever experience."

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However, after so many years building a life outside of the spotlight, Ashley was ready to revisit his past—and he couldn't have been more ready to do it with The Masked Singer.

"Perfect project at the perfect time," he explained. "I was a huge fan, a lot of my family's obsessed with the show. And if I'm gonna come back and perform after years of taking a break, I wanted it to be something that would be really fun. And when I got the call, I was like, 'Hell yes, I'm in.'" 

But while he was excited to return to his boy band roots through the show, he isn't willing to go all the way down memory lane. After all, he passed on an opportunity to rejoin O-Town when the band reunited back in 2014. And it sounds like a decision he would make again today.

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"I used to say, you know, never say never," Ashley said of possibly joining an O-Town tour. "But as time has gone on, I just feel like it hasn't been something that's been exciting to me because I feel like I got a chance to do that in my life."

He added, "I feel really grateful for that time, though, and I'm always looking for ways to celebrate my past by doing something fun and new and creative. And I felt like The Masked Singer was really the perfect way to do that."

Don't miss the rest of Season 10 of The Masked Singer, which airs Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 p.m ET/PT on FOX and is Hulu, Fox.com, Tubi and On Demand. Meanwhile, keep reading to meet the cast and see who else has been revealed so far. 

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During the season 10 kickoff special on Sept. 10, Demi Lovato was revealed as Anonymouse. However, she won't be competiting, it was a special one-time appearance.

"I wanted to be on your show," she told host Nick Cannon during the episode, "because it seemed so fun, and it has been so fun. And I get to sing, so its the best of both worlds."

Rubber Ducky: Eliminated Week 1

The Rubber Ducky was revealed as Black-ish actor Anthony Anderson on the Sept. 27 episode.

Diver: Eliminated Week 2

The Diver was exposed as Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval on Oct. 4.

Pickle: Eliminated Week 3

Michael Rapaport was unmasked as the Pickle on the Oct. 11 episode.

Royal Hen: Eliminated Week 4

Tennis legend Billie Jean King was revealed to be the Royal Hen on the Oct. 18 episode.

Hawk: Eliminated Week 5

Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey was unmasked as Hawk during Harry Potter week.

Hibiscus: Eliminated Week 6

Say hello to the Countess! The Real Housewives of New York City icon Luann de Lesseps was revealed as Hibiscus during week six.

Cuddle Monster: Eliminated Week 7

Cuddle Monster was a surprise addition to season 10 when he was introduced as a Wild Card contestant during week seven. However, his time on the show was short lived. During his elimination, it was revealed the giant star was none other than former NBA pro Metta World Peace.

S'more: Eliminated Week 8

During Disco Night, S'more was unmasked as Ashley Parker Angel from the hit 2000s boy band O-Town.

Tiki: Eliminated Week 9

Skid Row rocker and Gilmore Girls alum Sebastian Bach was sent home during week nine.

Huskey: Eliminated Week 9

"Pony" singer Ginuwine was revealed as Husky after being eliminated during Rock 'n' Roll week.

Anteater: Eliminated Week 10

Singer John Oates was revealed as Anteater during a double elimination.

Candelabra: Eliminated Week 10

Singer Keyshia Cole was revealed as Candelabra during a double elimination.

Sea Queen: Fourth Place

The royal was sent swimming home on the Dec. 20 finale after her unveiling as R&B and soul singer Macy Gray.

Gazelle: Third Place

The animal was unmasked as Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish. 

Donut: Runner-Up

The donut was revealed on the finale to be Smallville actor John Schneider.

Cow: Winner

The cow was the cream of the crop, with three-time Grammy winner Ne-Yo taking the trophy on season 10.  

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