UPDATE: Just days after will.i.am hinted that The Black Eye Peas’ frontwoman, Fergie, had left the group, the singer took to Twitter to set the record straight. “Lies...@ Fergie is focusing on #DoubleDutchess & @BEP is doing #MastersOfTheSun...That doesn't mean @fergie is out of the group #BEP4ever,” he tweeted.
— will.i.am.BUTTONS (@iamwill) June 2, 2017
However, will.i.am wasn’t the only person to address the departure rumors. Ferguson spokesperson announced that the reports of her leaving the band were simply not true. "Fergie is still in The Black Eyed Peas and has an enormous amount of love for her brothers," the spokesperson told Billboard. "However, she’s currently focusing on her solo record in partnership with BMG and she's incredibly excited for her fans to hear her new music."
This story was originally published on June 2, 2017.
The Black Eyed Peas is no longer a quartet...
During an interview with Ahlan! magazine, will.i.am hinted that The Black Eye Peas’ frontwoman, Fergie, had left 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," he said. "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."
The blonde beauty joined the popular band in 2002 after the group invited her to try out for a song called "Shut Up." However, in 2006, the Mexican-American singer started her own artistic career as a solo artist and debuted her album, The Dutchess. The group later came back together in 2010 for the release of their last album, The Beginning.
The rapper, who is saying goodbye to Fergie, admitted she will always be irreplaceable. “As for replacing, what people know The Black Eyed Peas to be, nobody is replacing Fergie,” he told the magazine. “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 remaining bandmates will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap are set to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff.