C Hottran was born 1975 in Kristiansund, a town on the northwest coast of Norway. She was raised by her grandmother till the age of 9 and then in 1984 she reunited with her mother in Oslo.
In 1988 C and her family immigrated to the United States of America. But her family wasn't granted permanent residence status to stay, so they returned to Norway only one year later.
In 1989 she attended a boarding school, where she lived for three years. And already at the age of seventeen she was living on her own.