will.i.am on Friday clarified remarks he earlier made about Fergie’s status with The Black Eyed Peas, making clear that the Fergalicious singer is still very much a member of the band.
After reports spread that the 42-year-old songstress, whose real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson, was out of the Grammy-winning group, will.i.am, 42, wrote on Twitter that was not the case.
He said: ‘Lies…@Fergie is focusing on #DoubleDutchess & @BEP is doing #MastersOfTheSun…That doesn’t mean @fergie is out of the group #BEP4ever.’
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Setting things straight: will.i.am (L) on Friday has clarified remarks he earlier made about Fergie’s status with The Black Eyed Peas, saying she’s still involved with the group
He later vented on the social media site, ‘People will report what ever they want to report regardless of the sources… It’s a crazy world…’
The Glamorous songstress herself didn’t directly address the breakup chatter, but made clear they’re on the same page, writing Friday, ‘Everyone knows I will always love and support my @bep brothers.’
The brouhaha kicked off Thursday when the I Got It From My Mamma singer, chatting with Emirati magazine Ahlan!, said that the musical entities were headed in separate direction for the time being, as they pursued different creative avenues.
‘As for replacing, what people know The Black Eyed Peas to be, nobody is replacing Fergie,’ he told the publication. ‘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.’
Speaking out: will.i.am on Friday took to Twitter to denounce reports that Fergie was out of the Black Eyed Peas
Showing solidarity: Fergie chimed in as well, endorsing her longtime bandmates
Innovative: The unique band, seen here in NYC in 2011, is renown for hits including Boom Boom Pow, My Humps and I Gotta Feeling
The rapper went on: ‘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.’
Masters Of The Sun, as will.i.am’s said, will include Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls fame, though ‘I don’t want to go into details how she’s involved yet.’
During the interview, will.i.am had said more generally: ‘Since the beginning of Black Eyed Peas, we’ve always had amazing vocalists that appeared on the mic with us.’
The 42-year-old had recalled that ‘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.’
Variety reported last week that Fergie was latching herself to BMG, having launched her record label Dutchess Music and departed Interscope Records.
Still close: Both will.i.am and Fergie publicly pledged their support of the other via social media Friday
Throwback to the 2011 Super Bowl Halftime Show: will.i.am’s told Ahlan!: ‘As for replacing, what people know The Black Eyed Peas to be, nobody is replacing Fergie’
Elephunk, released in 2003, was the third studio album by The Black Eyed Peas – which also includes apl.de.ap and Taboo – but the first to showcase Fergie, who became a star via her work with the band.
The will.i.am Music Group and A&M jointly released The Dutchess, Fergie’s smash hit debut solo album, released in 2006 and featuring her iconic song Fergalicious.
Double Dutchess, her second solo studio album, will drop sometime this year, though a specific release date has yet to be hammered down publicly.
Music-makers: The stars were snapped at the 2015 Coachella festival in Indio, California