Nicole Scherzinger tellsabout the Pussycat Dolls’ reunion, and why the door is still open for the one member who decided not to come back
They were perhaps the best-drilled pop group of the Noughties. And their risque combination of catchy anthems, sexually-charged lyrics and burlesque-inspired dance routines earned them a legion of fans.
So in this age of comebacks, it was almost inevitable that the Pussycats Dolls would reunite.
A decade on from their split, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta are back together for a tour of the UK and Ireland in April next year.
“Ten years... It has been a long time,” says Roberts. “A lot has happened. We have got families, kids, marriages, life. It was just the right timing. The stars aligned and we had some unfinished business.”
Formed as a burlesque troupe in 1995 by choreographer Robin Antin in Los Angeles, California, they released a string of hits (‘Don’t Cha’, ‘Buttons’, ‘Stickwitu’) and two studio albums.
But under the surface, tension was bubbling over Scherzinger’sdominant role in the band. That tension eventually boiled over and they split in 2010.
Roberts later addressed the swirling public speculation during a stint on ITV’s reality show I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, claiming that “only Nicole was allowed to talk”.
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Now with the Pussycat Dolls in their late 30s to mid-40s, a reunion comes with the promise of new material. “We have been working on some new music,” Scherzinger admits. “We have a lot of surprises up our sleeves. And we’ve got a lot of surprises up our skirts!”
The group’s sixth member Melody Thornton, the youngest of the lot, is conspicuously missing.
During her time in the Pussycat Dolls, Thornton was reported to have clashed with Scherzinger.
But the group haven’t ruled her potentially joining them on tour.
“The door is always open,” says Roberts.
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This time around their message is one of female empowerment, they say. “Right now is a really great time in history for female empowerment and empowerment in general,” says Scherzinger.“We want to put it in the mindset and the hearts of others. We want to inspire others who are still struggling and stepping into their own power and acceptance.”
Of all the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger has had the most prolific decade. She won the 2010 series of the US version of Dancing With The Stars, has starred in the West End revival of Cats and has popped up as a judge on The X Factor.
Roberts is not far behind with a string of TV roles including co-hosting Ant and Dec’s Saturday night takeaway for a number of years.
In conversation, Scherzinger remains the de facto leader.
When asked whether they feel any pressure returning to the spotlight, she replies with a cool confidence:
If we feel any pressure, we love pressure. We are really good under pressure
Of course, things have changed in the lives of each woman since 2010. Wyatt shares three children with her husband, model Max Rogers; while Roberts is dating Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice.
The couple met during last year’s series of the BBC show when Pernice was paired with Steps star Faye Tozer and Roberts was paired with Pasha Kovalev.
Roberts says she will be taking him on tour and Wyatt hints that her husband and children might also join them.
“We have a lot of things to sort out,” explains Wyatt
“My family - ultimately they are my first priority and giving them civility is my first priority.”