Fergie Has Officially Left The Black Eyed Peas

Just as we suspected, Fergie is no longer part of the Black Eyed Peas, as per a new interview with the band's front member will.i.am.

On Thursday (June 1), the pop hitmaker confirmed the news in an interview with Ahlan! ahead of the band's performance at the opening ceremony of the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff.

"Since the beginning of Black Eyed Peas, we’ve always had amazing vocalists that appeared on the mic with us," will told the outlet. "People like Macy Gray, Esthero, Debi Nova, Fergie. On Elephunk, there were several females that appeared on that album. Obviously, Fergie was the featured female, but on songs like 'Lets Get it Started,' it’s Noelle (Scaggs), and then Fergie, songs like 'Latin Girls,' it’s Debi Nova, and 'Request Line,' it’s Macy Gray. We’ll always work with good females."

It's a tactful way of talking about Fergie's departure but doesn't necessarily give the pop star the credit she deserves for being part of their ensemble for 15 years. Fergie joined the band back in 2002.

Nonetheless, will.i.am admitted that nobody is set to replace Fergie in the band. "She’s working on her solo project at the moment, we’re on this brand-new experience, celebrating 20 years of Black Eyed Peas putting out music," the 42-year-old producer revealed. "We worked on a bunch of songs on her solo record, we’re proud that she has her label, but Black Eyed Peas are pushing it forward in terms of content, technology, and experiences on our new project, Masters of the Sun."

As for whether Nicole Scherzinger is joining BEP, will.i.am revealed that the former Pussycat Dolls singer is indeed involved in the group's new project. "I don’t want to go into details how she’s involved yet," he added.

Original article by James Dinh at iHeartRadio