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Fergie is no longer in the Black Eyed Peas, sort of

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/2/2017 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
FILE - In this July 10, 2016, file photo, U.S. singer Fergie performs at the Wireless Festival in north London. Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am said in a recent interview that Fergie is no longer in the group, but later said the songstress “will always be a Pea.” In the interview, will.i.am says that “nobody is replacing Fergie” and that the Black Eyed Peas are working on a new project. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 10, 2016, file photo, U.S. singer Fergie performs at the Wireless Festival in north London. Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am said in a recent interview that Fergie is no longer in the group, but later said the songstress “will always be a Pea.” In the interview, will.i.am says that “nobody is replacing Fergie” and that the Black Eyed Peas are working on a new project. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am says in a recent interview that Fergie is no longer in the group, but later adds the songstress "will always be a Pea."

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2017 file photo, Fergie performs at the Tommy Hilfiger TommyxGigi Runway Show at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am said in a recent interview that Fergie is no longer in the group, but later said the songstress “will always be a Pea.” In the interview, will.i.am says that “nobody is replacing Fergie” and that the Black Eyed Peas are working on a new project. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2017 file photo, Fergie performs at the Tommy Hilfiger TommyxGigi Runway Show at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am said in a recent interview that Fergie is no longer in the group, but later said the songstress “will always be a Pea.” In the interview, will.i.am says that “nobody is replacing Fergie” and that the Black Eyed Peas are working on a new project. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Will.i.am's interview with Ahlan! magazine caused a frenzy online Thursday with the indication that Fergie was no longer a member of the pop group. A day later, will.i.am said in a statement: "Fergie is family and will always be a Pea. She is focused on her solo album which we fully support."

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2007 file photo, The Black Eyed Peas, from left, will.I.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo arrive for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am said in a recent interview that Fergie is no longer in the group, but later said the songstress “will always be a Pea.” In the interview, will.i.am says that “nobody is replacing Fergie” and that the Black Eyed Peas are working on a new project. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2007 file photo, The Black Eyed Peas, from left, will.I.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo arrive for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am said in a recent interview that Fergie is no longer in the group, but later said the songstress “will always be a Pea.” In the interview, will.i.am says that “nobody is replacing Fergie” and that the Black Eyed Peas are working on a new project. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

In the interview, will.i.am says that "nobody is replacing Fergie" and that the Black Eyed Peas are working on a new project. He said former Pussycat Doll leader Nicole Scherzinger would be featured on the project but didn't say how much involvement she would have.

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