Nicole Scherzinger was the lead singer of the successful all-girl group called The Pussycat Dolls before she pulled out to pursue a solo career. The talented singer certainly has some hits to her name both as part of the group and as an individual artist, amassing prestigious awards and accolades as she moves up the success ladder.
Nicole is also a shrewd businesswoman with her own perfume brand and has equally dabbled in acting, with a few roles to her credit. Now that The Pussycat Dolls has announced their reunion, Nicole is at the forefront of events, preparing for more exploits with the girls.
The Singer Has a Mixed Ethnic Descent
Born on the 29th of June 1978, the former lead vocalist of The Pussycat Dolls was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She is of mixed ancestry with a Filipino father named Alfonso Valiente and a mother, Rosemary Elikolani, who has Hawaiian and Ukrainian roots.
Nicole Scherzinger’s parents separated when she was an infant and her mother remarried a man named George Scherzinger. It was the two that moved young Nicole to Louisville, Kentucky when she was 6 years old and introduced her to music when they bought her a cassette tape of Whitney Houston.
Her surname came from her German American step-father Gary Scherzinger who adopted Nicole after he got married to her mother. Nicole has one half-sister named Keala.
She fell in love with music early and turned her entire focus towards the arts. Nicole’s interest in music took her to a performing arts high school and after graduating, the aspiring musician proceeded to Wright State University to study theatre and dance.
Dropping Out of School In Pursuit of a Career In Music
She left school early to start her music career when she got the opportunity to back-up the rock group, Days of the New. In 2001, the emerging vocalist contested in the WB television series Popstars, where she won the lead singer role in the soon-to-be-created all-girl band Eden’s Crush. The group’s first single Get Over Yourself merited a Billboard chart presence but they did not manage to find further success after that particular single. The group members soon went their separate ways.
Nicole Scherzinger would get another chance to dominate as part of a group when she stepped in as the lead singer for the recast group called The Pussycat Dolls. The all-girl group was successful almost immediately with their first record containing hits such as Stickwitu, Don’t Cha, and Buttons. The album attained double platinum status in the United States and went on to sell more than 9 million copies worldwide.
Nicole Scherzinger continued to build her profile outside the group by performing with other big names in the industry like Timbaland and 50 Cent. The Pussycat Dolls released their second album Doll Domination in 2008. The album still did quite well though not as well as its predecessor. It contained such hits as I Hate This Part and When I Grow Up. Nicole left The Pussycat Dolls in 2009 after rumors of in-fighting among the group members.
The Successes She Recorded as a Solo Artist
Nicole Scherzinger did not wait before making moves as a solo artist. Her first single Jai Ho which was recorded for the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008) got to the number one spot in seventeen countries. In 2010, she became a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and was the eventual winner.
Her debut solo album Killer Love came to light the next year to become a commercial success, however, the singer’s succeeding album Big Fat Lie with singles like On the Rocks, Your Love, and Girl with a Diamond Heart didn’t do so well when it hit the music stand in 2014. The album only received mixed reviews.
The Pussycat Dolls just dropped the announcement for their reunion and Nicole Scherzinger has joined hands with others for new studio sessions.
A Look at Her Major Works
The Pussycat Dolls’ debut studio album PCD is regarded as the first significant work of Nicole Scherzinger’s career. The album which debuted at #5 on the US Billboard 200 explored themes such as romance and feminism, it went on to become a huge success, selling over nine million copies globally. Featuring hits like I Don’t Need a Man, Beep, and Don’t Cha, the album topped many music charts in countries such as Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, as well as the United Kingdom.
Nicole’s 2011 debut solo album Killer Love is recorded as her second major work, debuting at #4 on the UK Digital Albums. The album was an outright commercial success. With hit singles like Killer Love, Right There, Don’t Hold Your Breath, and Wet, it emerged as the 20th best-selling album of 2011 by a female artist.
She Has Done Other Works Apart from Music
She posed semi-nude for a Protect the Skin You’re In T-shirt in July 2013. It was part of a campaign by Marc Jacobs the fashion designer to raise awareness and cash for melanoma research. June 2015 saw Nicole emerge as the winner of I Can Do That reality show, and she has gone into business, launching her perfume brand Chosen by Nicole Scherzinger a couple of years later.
The famed vocalist has also delved in acting, lending her voice to Ralph Breaks the Internet, a computer-animated comedy produced in 2018. The 2012 movie Men in Black 3 gave her a cameo role as Lilly Poison. She was named in 2011 as the permanent replacement for Cheryl Cole for The X Factor’s American edition, which put her alongside judges like Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and L.A. Reid. Nicole Scherzinger has sat among the judges of Australia’s Got Talent for the show’s ninth season in 2019.
She has a pretty strong image as a sex symbol and is considered one of the sexiest women on the planet. VH1 ranked her as the eight out of their 100 Sexiest Artists. FHM has also featured the singer on its list of 100 Sexiest Women since 2006.
The Singer Has Dated a Handful of Men
Nicole Scherzinger has dated quite a lot of men over the years. She was at a point engaged to the lead singer of 311 Nick Hexum whom she dated from 2000 to 2004. Their engagement never led to a marriage and in 2007, Nicole Scherzinger got into a high-profile relationship with Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 World Champion. They had met at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards in Munich. Their relationship was regularly covered by the British press and the couple went on-and-off before eventually parting ways in February 2015.
Before the year ran out, she started dating Grigor Dimitrov, the Bulgarian tennis player. In January 2016, the love birds made their relationship public after which they almost separated in May but managed to overcome whatever difficulties it was that troubled them. The two had a thirteen-year age difference between them with Nicole Scherzinger being older. They later called it quits and Nicole is currently dating Thom Evans
What We Know About Her Relationship With Thom Evans
Nicole Scherzinger’s latest boyfriend Tom Evans is a former rugby player who was forced to retire from the sport after sustaining a severe spinal injury in 2010. During his active years in rugby, Evans played with popular teams like Glasgow Warriors and the London Wasps.
The duo reportedly met when Tom auditioned with fellow rugby players as part of the singing group Try Star for The X Factor: Celebrity, on which Nicole appears as a judge. Evan’s band debuted on the show in October 2019 before they were eliminated in an episode that aired in November.
November was yet to come to an end when Evans revealed his crush on Nicole on the show Loose Women, calling her “gorgeous”. A month later, the new lovers were spotted spending time together in London. The couple went public with their dalliance in January the next year when they showed up at a Golden Globes after-party together.
Tom Evans noted theirs to be a long-distance relationship but stated that things are quite rosy for them as they get to spend special periods like Valentine and Christmas together. Scherzinger has already introduced him to her family which is a good sign for the future.