The Pussycat Dolls are getting new members, it has been announced.
The girl band have been surrounded by rumours they are splitting, but choreographer Robin Antin - who founded the group in its first incarnation as a dance troupe in 1995 – insists they are continuing but with fresh faces joining lead singer Nicole Scherzinger.
She told MTV: “Nicole is going back in the studio. We're working on new music right now. There will be a few new faces in the Pussycat Dolls. I've been really putting that out there. I'm really excited about it. Inside every girl, inside every woman, is a Pussycat Doll and I always want to bring in new faces to really show that.
“The Pussycat Dolls are not breaking up. I'm the creator of the Pussycat Dolls and I own the brand. I would be the one to say: 'OK, it's over.' But it's so not.”
Antin would not reveal who of the current line-up – Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Melody Thornton – might be leaving but insists a change of faces will invigorate the group.
She added: "It's Nicole and a couple new faces. Some of the girls want to go and do their own thing. We're moving on. We're excited. We're looking at new girls.
"It's phase three of the Pussycat Dolls because we did our first album, our second album and now we're going on to our third. We're touring ... a lot is coming up."