Will.i.am has confirmed rumours making the rounds that Fergie, the only female member of Black Eyed Peas has left the music group.
Fergie, who joined the group as a lead vocalist in 2002 and helped it become one of the most famous pop and hip-hop bands in the world, has not commented.
According to reports, Fergie has not recorded new music with the Black Eyed Peas for more than five years.
This has fueled rumours that she is no longer with the group as she concentrates on her solo career. She performed with the group at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Will.i.am said: “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.”
Other Black Eyed Peas members include Will.i.am, Taboo and Allan Pineda Lindo.