Just days after Fergie’s jazzed-up rendition of the national anthem went viral, Will.I.Am is confirming that the singer is no longer with The Black Eyed Peas.
In an interview with The Daily Star, the group’s lead rapper revealed that its fourth member has already withdrawn from the collective.
“We are now a trio. I don’t know why Fergie isn’t on the project. You will have to ask Fergie that,” he said.
“You know we are actually capable of doing it without Fergie.”
The “Let’s Get It Started” MC then hinted that former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger may be replacing the “Glamourous” songstress
“We have a chat group called Black Eyed Peas family. It has nothing to do with making music or money. It’s about friendship. It’s the three of us and Nicole. It’s about family. Nicole is Black Eyed Peas. She is family.”
Scherzinger was tapped to join the group before Fergie, but couldn’t because of prior commitments.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.