It was rumored a few days ago that Fergie had either been kicked out of the group or she left due to “creative differences.” The rumors are true. will.i.am has confirmed that Fergie is officially out of the group. While talking to UAE entertainment magazine Ahlan! (via E! News), will.i.am said that it’s not that dramatic; Fergie is working on her solo stuff, and they’re working on their latest project, Masters of the Sun. There was a rumor that Fergie might be replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, but will.i.am said that’s not true. Nicole is just working with them on their new album. He added that Black Eyed Peas is on Fergie’s second solo album, Double Dutchess.
will.i.am did manage to make it a bit dramatic by implying Fergie was never really that permanent a member of the group.
“Since the beginning of Black Eyed Peas, we’ve always had amazing vocalists that appeared on the mic with us. 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 Let’s 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.”
Oh yeah, of course. Who doesn’t immediately think of Macy Gray or Esthero when they think of The Black Eyed Peas? Fergie is usually the third or fourth person down the list. Although to be honest, I almost always forgetfully refer to her as “the one with the eyebrow ring and the humps.”
Fergie’s former Black Eyed Peas bandmate Taboo tweeted a picture of the “classic” lineup about a week ago, which might have been a subtle little dig at Fergie Ferg’s expense.
— Taboo Nawasha (@TabBep) May 25, 2017
Fergie joined The Black Eyed Peas in 2002 and sang lead vocals on four of their six albums. She most recently appeared with them during a performance at Coachella in 2015. If Fergie was just a casual friend of the group, then thirteen years is a long time to go without making her a regular. Maybe that would explain why Fergie was forced to pee her pants on stage; she was still in that weird probation period where you’re scared of getting in trouble for taking too many bathroom breaks.