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Biography Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger is an American pop singer, the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, popular at the turn of the 90s and 2000s. She writes lyrics and music herself, dances beautifully and poses for glossy publications. She appeared in several films: Men in Black, Chasing Papi, Dirty Dancing, starred in television series, the most popular of which can be called the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, where Nicole got the episodic role of Jessica Glitter.
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Childhood, youth, family
Nicole Praskovya Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (this is the full name of the singer) was born in the summer of 1978 in the family of Filipino Alfonso Valiente and Rosemary Elikolani, half Ukrainian, a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Samoan. Parents at that time lived in Honolulu, and Nicole’s mother was only eighteen years old.
Nicole Scherzinger as a child
Already a well-known artist, the performer posted on her Instagram page a photo with her two grandmothers. The signature below it read:
My ohana [«семья» по-гавайски – прим. uznayvse.ru]. Consists of the most powerful women on earth. Made of hundreds, but these two represent it. Hawaiian and Ukrainian queens! Warriors with the biggest hearts and the strongest faith! Love you.
Rosemary did not live long with her daughter’s father. She divorced Alfonso in 1981 and moved with Nicole to another state – Kentucky, settling in the city of Louisville. There she met the German Catholic Harry Scherzinger and soon gave birth to another girl, whom she named Keala.
Nicole Scherzinger in high school
The stepfather, who gave Nicole his last name, raised the sisters in strict accordance with religious principles. From an early age, Nicole was taught discipline and order, the girl knew that she had to fulfill her duties around the house and only then could she walk. As a teenager, Nicole almost fell into depression due to complexes:
…I used to be very critical of myself, especially at a young age. I was like in prison. When I was fourteen, I started running. I could go for a run in the middle of the night. The thoughts in my head said that I should only be the best.
Classes in the theater studio helped to defeat the rejection of one’s body. Scherzinger participated in amateur theatrical productions, for example, played Velma Kelly in the musical “Chicago”, performed in concerts with songs.
After receiving her secondary education, Nicole went to Dayton and entered the acting department at Wright University. In 1999, she went to an audition and became the backing vocalist for Days Of The News. The girl never finished her studies at the university.
Together with the group Days Of The News, Nicole recorded their second untitled album, which fans called “green” because of the color of the cover. But soon discord began between the musicians, and the aspiring singer left the band and tried to break into the musical Olympus on her own.
Nicole Scherzinger as part of Eden’s Crush
2001 can be called successful, when Scherzinger recorded two compositions in tandem with Barry Dyck and became a member of the American “star factory” Popstars. The singer was noticed and offered a position as a vocalist in the girl group Eden’s Crush. But the reality was not what Nicole expected – four other members of the group constantly brought her to tears with insults and conflicts.
The band soon ceased to exist as the company that sponsored Eden’s Crush closed. Nicole took the pseudonym Kea and recorded several solo compositions. One of them, “Breakfasy In Bed”, later became the soundtrack to Peter Segal’s comedy “50 First Dates” with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.
The Pussycat Dolls and solo career
In 2003, Nicole became a full member of The Pussycat Dolls, which she drew attention to even earlier. At first it was a burlesque group with dance performances, later songs began to appear, and in order to finally become a musical group, the band announced a casting for the role of a vocalist. Nicole passed it along with Melody Thornton and Kaya Jones and not only became the main voice of the group, but also wrote songs herself.
The Pussycat Dolls and Nicole Scherzinger
She released two studio albums with the Dolls in 2005 and 2008: PCD and Doll Domination. The first went platinum twice, and the compositions “Don’t Cha”, “Sttickwitu” and “Buttons” (authored by Nicole and Sean Garrett) occupied the top lines of the American charts.
The spectacular brunette began to be celebrated more and more often, especially after a tour of the cities of America. The girl appeared in the “Hot-100” of the men’s edition of Maxim (22nd place on the list). Opera singers and actors agreed to record duets with the charming soloist of The Pussycat Dolls. So, Nicole sang along with Vittorio Grigolo and Will Smith, and also shot a video for the song Scream with Timbaland and Keri Hilson.
The heyday of fame Nicole Scherzinger came in the 2000s
In 2009, the group went on a big world tour, after which there was a break between Scherzinger and the rest of the members. In a later interview, the singer admitted that the discord was largely due to the busy schedule of performances and psychological problems among the group members. Scherzinger, for example, suffered from bulimia, but was afraid to admit it to her colleagues. Another participant, Jessica Satta, relieved constant stress with alcohol.
Internal discontent grew, it was impossible to speak frankly. Nicole spoke about this only years later:
I hid my mental problem from the whole world, I was very ashamed. When you’re fighting your own demons and insecurities, it’s not something you want to share with other people.
In parallel with her work with the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger always dreamed of releasing a solo album, prepared material and even came up with the name of the future record – “Her Name is Nicole”. But the release of the disc was delayed. But instead of the expected release in 2009, Nicole’s debut solo album came out only in 2011 and was called “Killer Love”.
It is noteworthy that she performed the song “Power’s Out” in a duet with the famous Sting, and a remix of the song “Heartbeat” with Enrique Iglesias. The disc was released only in European countries and in Australia, and was never released in the USA. Then the singer began work on a new album, which was released in 2014 and was called Big Fat Lie.
Nicole Scherzinger during her solo career
At the end of 2019, Nicole announced on Instagram that The Pussycat Dolls were reuniting and going on a world tour in 2024. The group really performed in almost full strength on The X Factor show with a new composition “React”, after which they announced that they were no longer subject to pressure from record companies, because of which the ex-participants had been in silent confrontation with each other for more than ten years.
The band’s world tour was postponed to 2024 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but TPD continued to work on developing a new album.
Scherzinger demonstrated her artistic gift more than once in the cinema. At first, these were small roles in television series: in 2001, she played Veronica in the family comedy My Wife and Children and a guest pop star in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She then appeared as Jasmine in Half and Half and as Miss Puerto Rico in Chasing Papi.
Interesting for Nicole was the experience of filming in Troy Beyer’s melodrama “Love is not worth anything” and the crime comedy “Be Cool!”. The actress also played Vanessa in the TV series Wizards of Waverly Place.
As an actress, Nicole was especially remembered by the audience as Lilly, the girlfriend of the main villain Boris in the fantastic action movie Men in Black 3.
Nicole Scherzinger in the movie “Men in Black 3”
And in 2017, the musical film Dirty Dancing was released on television, where Nicole showed off her choreographic talents. True, the musical itself did not have much success, since it was, in fact, a remake of the picture with Patrick Swayze in the title role.
Personal life of Nicole Scherzinger
For a long time, the singer did not develop relationships with the opposite sex. So, she met with the frontman of the 311 group Nick Hexam for a long time, was engaged to him, but the matter never came to official registration – in 2004 the couple broke up.
Nicole Scherzinger and Nick Hexam
In 2006, Nicole briefly dated American actor Talan Torriero, who was 9 years younger. But at that moment, the singer was working hard on new material and did not take the novel as something serious, as well as the following relationship with comedian Dane Cook.
She then met Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton. Their relationship has often been the subject of heated discussion, since since 2007, when they declared themselves a couple, they broke up several times, then converged again.
Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton
At the start of 2015, Scherzinger announced her final breakup, a difficult decision she says she and Nick made together. Seven years of deep feelings were never crowned with a legal marriage, and Nicole so wanted a wedding and a big family.
The couple parted ways in 2015
Parting with her beloved man, Nicole, according to rumors, tried to survive in the arms of fleeting boyfriends. There were talks about her hobbies with the Greek footballer Paytim Kasami, the British musician Ed Sheeran. But only with the Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, Nicole again spoke of love and hoped that this relationship would develop into something more. She harbored these hopes for three years, but then gave up.
With Grigor Dimitrov
In 2019, the media again started talking about Scherzinger and her new love. It turned out to be a former rugby player, 35-year-old Tom Evans. He was a member of the show The X-Factor, and 42-year-old Nicole was on the jury. Soon, the singers began to appear on Instagram their joint photos and hot declarations of love.
Nicole Scherzinger is currently dating Tom Evans
In an interview, she called Tom a colleague and best friend, the man of her life and dreams. In 2024, Nicole introduced her lover to her family, and when the borders were opened, she went with him to Portugal to meet Evans’ parents.
Nicole Scherzinger now
In early 2024, it became known that the singer was fully focused on The Pussycat Dolls, refusing solo releases. The group signed a contract with the well-known promotion agency Maverick Management. In addition, Nicole took part in the BBC initiative to celebrate popular compositions from famous musicals. On Radio 2, as part of the Musicals: The Greatest Show special, Scherzinger recorded the song “Never Enough” from the musical play The Greatest Showman.
Important events in life
- 1999: Became a backing vocalist for Days Of The News.
- year 2001: became a member of the American “star factory” Popstars. She took the place of the vocalist in the girl group Eden’s Crush.
- 2003: became the soloist of The Pussycat Dolls.
- 2005 year: PCD’s first studio album released.
- 2008: The band’s second studio album, Doll Domination, was released.
- 2010: the disintegration of the group The Pussycat Dolls.
- 2011: The debut solo album of the singer Killer Love was released.
- year 2014: Big Fat Lie’s second solo album released.
- 2020: The Pussycat Dolls reunited.
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