After nearly a decade, the Black Eyes Peas broke their silence as to why Fergie left the Black Eyes Peas breaking the band. In a recent interview, Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo stated that their former bandmate left the group in order to carry out a desire of being a “great mom”.
Will.i.am explained, “We love her, and she’s focusing on being a mom. That’s a hard job, and that’s what she really wants to do and we’re here for her.It’s really the way Fergie designed it, so we’re respecting her design. We love Fergie, and we don’t want anything but awesomeness for her.”Apl.de.ap added, “But unfortunately our schedule is displaced by her wanting to be a great mom, and she wants to focus on that.”
Furthermore, as the group shares that her departure was ultimately the best call as it allowed them to team up with the singer J. Rey Soul. “I feel we’re giving birth to a new artist, J.Rey Soul. I really want to give her ultimate praise and respect. What the fellows said – Ferg, she’s doing the mom thing – But we have an amazing artist we’re developing,” Taboo said.
- Rey “semi-officially” joined the group in 2018 as the band won the Philippines’ version of “The Voice”. In the meantime, Fergie who departed from the gang over two years ago officially released her solo album Double Dutchess, which Will.i.am helped produce. The track was launched under the singer’s label Dutchess Music.
In addition Fergie divorced from her husband Josh Duhamel in September 2017 as they finally made the split official in Nov. 2019. However, the couple still co-parent their son Axl Duhamel. A source close to Fergie quoted “Fergie and Josh have been in the best place since announcing their split. They get along much better now that they are apart than when they were together, and have also mastered co-parenting,” after the split.