The Black Eyed Peas‘ frontman Will.i.am has stepped forward to address recent reports of group member Fergie planning an exit.
Writing via Twitter, Will labeled the reports merely gossip and lies.
“Don’t belive gossip about fergie leaving the group (we are never breaking up) its all lies!!!,” he wrote Saturday (June 26) morning. (Will.i.am’s Twitter)
Reports initially suggested internal tension was creating a rift for Fergie.
Fergie can’t stand Will.I.Am and that is one of the main reasons she wants to leave the band, a source close to them told RadarOnline.com exclusively. The other reason is she’s decided she wants to have a baby! “Fergie is saying she wants out of the band and the second half of the tour isn’t confirmed for early next year,” the source said. “Things have gotten really bad with Will.i.Am. And it’s not just Fergie who is clashing with him. So is the rest of the band. His ego is out of control.” (Radar Online)
Earlier this year, Will talked about helping make Fergie into a music star.
“A lot of time rappers have these labels and they don’t let their artist become bigger than them. I’ve proven that’s not me.Fergie is huge. When Fergie blew up she was bigger than me! I believe Kelis can do the same.” (VIBE)
The group’s latest album has remained on the sales charts for over a year.
Award-winning group Black Eyed Peas’ E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) slid four slots to No. 19 with 19,100. With 54 weeks to their name, the group’s latest effort rests at 2,609,000 sold records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out some past Will.i.am footage below: