During the Dec. 17 season finale of The Voice, we felt like we were transported back to 2005 thanks to one performance.
The Black Eyed Peas (remember them?) took to the stage to sing their latest single, "RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)," but the group was missing a key member.
What happened to Fergie in the Black Eyed Peas?
The 44-year-old is no longer a part of the band that made her an A-lister — and no, the mother of one’s absence has nothing to do with her widely panned rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
Fergie has actually been MIA from the Black Eyed Peas since 2017, and member will.i.am hinted at a rift between the successful solo artist and the rest of the quartet in early 2018.
When talking to the Daily Star about the hip-hop group’s seventh studio album, which was released without Fergie in October 2018, the rapper gave curt answers to questions about the female vocalist’s departure.
"We are now a trio," he revealed. "I don’t know why Fergie isn’t on the project. You will have to ask Fergie that… You know we are actually capable of doing it without Fergie. There’s so much s--t to talk about, bro. But you guys just like meddling."
He went on to accuse the interviewer of not having his facts straight. "We performed as a trio before and if you had done your research properly you would know how we would do it as a three," will.i.am bluntly stated.
Fergie previously described her role in the Black Eyed Peas as "the girl part to all their different male parts. The band is not the place for me to explode my creative, personal juices all over everything. That is their job."
The "Glamorous" hitmaker has since been replaced by The Voice of the Philippines Season 1 finalist Jessica Reynoso, who competed on the show as a member of apl.de.ap’s team. The judge and mentor formed the Black Eyed Peas alongside will.i.am in 1995.
OG Black Eyed Peas singer Kim Hill recently revealed why she left the group in 2000.
Contrary to popular belief, Fergie isn’t a part of the band’s origin story. In fact, she didn’t join as a vocalist until seven years into their run.
A recently published op-doc from the New York Times looks back at Kim Hill’s tenure with the group, including the reasons behind her departure, which happened just a few years before the Black Eyed Peas exploded in popularity.
Kim admits she didn’t like the direction the band was going in as their level of fame slowly increased. "There was new management now, so it’s a whole different set of expectations and pressure. It just started to get clumsy and messy," she recalls.
The DJ remembers one instance in which she was told to grind up on will.i.am in a bathing suit. "That was being asked of me, never by the guys. That was happening from an executive level," she shares.
"The tug of war was about my sexuality and how much of that I was willing to like, literally strip down. I never wanted to be objectified while doing my music."
Are you on board with the Black Eyed Peas sans Fergie?