The Black Eyed Peas’ 2003 smash hit Where is the Love touched the hearts around the world and threw the quarterback into the public spotlight as one of the biggest bands of the year.
But the band actually started in 1988, when William Adams, whose stage name was will.i.am, met Allan Pineda Lindo, who left apl.de.ap when they were school children.
They formed a breakdancing crew that later became a rap duo and quickly caught the eye of NWA star Eazy-E, who signed them to his Ruthless Records label.
Eazy-E died of AIDS in 1995, and around the same time, will.i.am and apl.de.ap recruited taboo and singer Kim Hill and they became The Black Eyed Peas, with Sierra Swan also appearing in 1998.
In 2000, Kim and Sierra left the band and two years later, Stacey Ferguson, known as Fergie, joined after parting ways with her first band, Wild Orchid. Nicole Scherzinger was approached first but had conflicting contractual obligations with her band, Eden’s Crush.
The rest was history and the band topped the charts around the world, selling more than 80 million records, making them one of the most successful bands of all time.
The Black Eyed Peas took a five-year hiatus in 2011 before returning with their new album.
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In 2017, rumors started spreading that Fergie was leaving the band but will.i.am fired them. However, he eventually confirmed that she had taken a break to focus on her second solo album, Double Dutchess, and confirmed that she had not performed on her single Street Livin ‘.
Shortly afterwards, a new Black Eyed Pea joined the band in the form of Jessica Reynoso, known as J. Rey Soul, who played on The Voice of the Philippines. The group has continued to make music since then, but with less success than in their earlier years, when Jessica joined her world tour in 2019.
It was only in the year 2020 at the MTV Awards that many fans realized that Fergie was gone because the band was so under the radar before they performed with their new lineup.
Twitter went wild as many users asked where Fergie was and complained that she had been replaced.
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Will landed a major role on primetime UK television as a mentor on The Voice alongside Tom Jones, Danny Fletcher and Pixie Lott, with former mentors including Paloma Faith and Danny O’Donoghue.
The 46-year-old has also worked as a music producer for stars including Cheryl, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears — with whom he had the single Scream & Shout.
As he mentored the stars on The Voice UK, he also appeared on The Voice Australia and The Voice Kids, briefly retiring to release music, but then returning – and thinking these days would be worth a whopping £ 60mill.
His song Reach for the Stars was the first to be transmitted by Mars, and he listened with a live audience at NASA in California when the space mission was completed.
He has released four solo albums as well as his own smartwatch and eyewear range, and appeared on a collaborative single with celebrities including Bono and Jennifer Hudson at the beginning of the pandemic, titled Sing for Life.
Will is forced to deal with roles in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the prequel to the Wolverine movies, and Rio and Rio 2.
He also starred briefly in the Tina Fey and Steve Carell comedy film Date Night, and wrote a book called WaR: Wizards and Robots.
Will keeps his personal life fiercely private, even when he has opened up to live with Tinnitus, and says he follows a vegan diet.
It was reported in 2008 that he was dating Australian pop star Natalie Inbruglia, and in 2014, Will was linked with British reality TV star Casey Batchelor, though he never confirmed her romance.
“I have no time for girlfriends, so I just stay busy,” he told The Mirror.
“I keep going because that’s what I want to do.”
His documentary, Will.i.am: The Blackprint, will be broadcast on ITV on Thursday as the musician explores what it means to be black and British.
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Fergie enjoyed great success with her solo career during and after her time in The Black Eyed Peas.
Their first album, The Dutchess, produced three number 1 singles – London Bridge, Glamorous and Big Girls Don’t Cry, although their second album Double Dutchess was less successful in 2017.
She began a film career, including films including Poseidon, Grindhouse, and Nine.
An unfortunate version of The Star Spangled Banner at a 2018 NBA game sparked controversy as it was ranked in the list of the song’s worst renditions of all time.
“I’m a risk-taker artistically, but clearly this version did not strike the planned tone,” she eventually told PEOPLE.
“I love this country and have honestly tried my best.”
Fergie began dating Josh Duhamel in 2004 after they met while filming a cameo with the Black Eyed Peas for an episode of his Las Vegas show.
Fergie and Josh were engaged in December 2007, and they were married in a Catholic ceremony on January 10, 2009.
They had a son, Axl Jack Duhamel, born on the 29th. Kim Kardashian disguised as a 1950s housewife.
Axl was also the reason why Will left Fergie, 46, the Black Eyed Peas, stating that she “wants to focus on being a mom”.
“That’s hard work, and that’s what she really wants to do and we are here for her,” he said.
“It’s really how Fergie designed it, so we respect her design. We love Fergie, and we want nothing but awesomeness for her.”
Fergie and Josh announced that they would separate in 2017, and two years later they officially filed for divorce and it was finalized shortly thereafter.
Jaime Luis Gomez, who uses the stage name Taboo, started making his solo album in 2008, but in 2011 he admitted that it would take some time before it was released.
But music he co-wrote and starred in has appeared in a number of films, including Coach Carter and Legally Blonde.
The 46-year-old has had acting roles in films, including Dirty, starring Wyclef Jean, and Cosmic Radui, and has also appeared as a judge in the reality show MTV’s Top Pop Group.
In 2008, Taboo married his wife, Filipina Jaymie Dizon, and they welcomed their first child, Jimmy Jalen Gomez, in July 2009 and their second, Journey, in April 2011.
In May 2014, Taboo released his solo single, Zumbao, which he said was “all about having fun and being infected by positive energy”.
Just one month later, Taboo was diagnosed with stage 2 testicular cancer after going to the hospital because of what he thought was the flu.
He had broken his tailbone after falling on stage during a performance, and was left with permanent back pain that began to worsen.
“The pain got worse every year,” he told Coping.
“But I never went to a doctor to see what it was.”
But the pain became so unbearable that Taboo eventually had to get an MRI, CAT scans, and blood work, and he was told he had cancer, which spread from his right testicle to two lymph nodes in his spine.
The years of pain that Taboo thought had to do with his broken tailbone were actually caused by his growing tumor.
He underwent surgery to remove the cancerous testicle the next day, and then underwent 12 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy, which he said was absolutely disturbing.
“Everything was back and forth,” he said. “There was no time to react. We just have to go along.”
The hardest part of all, Taboo said, was that he struggled to play with his young children because he was so tired and in pain.
“When I was doing chemotherapy, there were times when I was tired and I could not do things like walk in the yard with my kids or play with them. And I am a very kind father. I love being with my kids,” he said. he.
He was told that after his treatment he was unlikely to have any more children – but incredibly, he and Filipina welcomed their “wonderful baby” Jett Juliana in 2015.
In 2016, Taboo released his song The Fight About His Cancer Battle, and became an ambassador for the American Cancer Society.
In 2021, he wrote a children’s book called A Kids Book About Identity, in the hope of enabling children and believing in themselves no matter who they are.
Taboo has invested money in the publishing house, which publishes children’s books on important topics including black life, racism, divorce, bullying, body image and autism.
“I had a long journey to educate myself and learn from my cultures, both of which are naturally rooted in a native ancestor,” Taboo said.
“For me, how I fully understood and comprehended my identity after surviving my battle against cancer.”
Allan Pineda Lindo, or apl.de.ap, initially came to the United States at the age of 14 for treatment for nystagmus, an involuntary movement of the eyes, but liked it so much that he convinced his mother to go there. to go.
The 46-year-old revealed to the man in 2011 that he was legally blind in both his eyes, but the following year he underwent a life-changing operation that corrected his vision.
And emotional apl.de.ap surrounded his mother as he awoke from the operation and confirmed “the fuzziness is already gone”.
One week later, he reports further progress, explaining: “ I can see many more details and faces.
“I can actually see people from a distance now. I can see almost 100 meters away before I could not see it.”
In 2011, apl.d.ap launched its new advocacy campaign with a song called We Can Be Anything, to encourage children in its native Philippines and around the world to stay in school.
He also pledged to help build 10,000 classrooms in two years in the Philippines.
In 2013, apl.de.ap was confirmed to be one of the four coaches of the first season of The Voice of the Philippines, and he released some solo material, including the song Be, with J. Rey Soul.
Apl had six younger siblings, but unfortunately one of his brothers took his own life, while the youngest was killed in 2009, just 22 years old.
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