After a week of rumours, will.i.am has confirmed that Fergie has officially taken a break from Black Eyed Peas to work on a solo project.
In an interview with Ahlan!, he says: “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,” will.i.am explains. “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.”
That statement from will.i.am seems to downplay just how important Fergie was to the band. She joined the group in 2002, and helped turn the Black Eyed Peas into global superstars, leading their first hit single, “Where is the Love?”
“As for replacing, what people know The Black Eyed Peas to be, nobody is replacing Fergie,”will.i.am says. “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.
“We worked on a bunch of songs on her solo record, we’re proud that she has her label,” he says. “But Black Eyed Peas are pushing it forward in terms of content, technology and experiences on our new project, Masters of the Sun.”
Since the interview with the magazine went viral on Thursday, will.i.am released a statement, reassuring that Black Eyed Peas is still Fergalicious: “Fergie is family and will always be a Pea. She is focused on her solo album which we fully support.”
Fergie tweeted on Friday, saying she will always have love for her Black Eyed Peas bros!