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The Black Eyed Peas explain Fergie’s absence

Singer Fergie isn’t on this latest project, and the band explains why.

Fergie ‘focuses on being a mom’ William says Billboard.
“It’s hard work, and it’s what she really wants to do and we’re here for her, and she knows how to contact us for a retreat or a breakaway,” he told the publication. “It’s really how Fergie designed her, so we respect her design. We love Fergie, and we want nothing but awesomeness for her.”

Fergie shares a 6-year-old son, Axl Jack, with her ex-husband, actor Josh Duhamel.

She joined the group which, in addition to Will.i.am, included Apl.de.Ap and Tabooin 2002 and sang on some of his biggest hits, including “Where Is The Love”, “Let’s Get It Started”, “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow”.

The members pursued solo projects, and Fergie later hosted the Fox reality singing competition, “The Four.”

Now the Black Eyed Peas have a new singer, J. Rey Soul, and a new album called “Translation.”

At the time of the interview, Will.i.am told Billboard that Fergie had yet to hear the new album, but he hoped she liked it.

“We try to keep in touch,” he said of his relationship with the band. “We reach out to her from time to time and say hello, happy birthday, merry Christmas and happy Easter. She knows where we are! We’re in the studio.”