In case the recently clusterbleep about Lady Gaga’s weight hadn’t tipped you off already, today’s lady singers feel an immense pressure to be thin. Probably even more so when they have to function as both a vocalist and a burlesque dancer, like former Pussycat Dolls‘ singer Nicole Scherzinger. In her upcoming Behind the Music special airing October 7, the “Don’t Cha” singer opens up about the disordered eating and self-harm that have accompanied her pop stardom. As you can imagine, it’s pretty brutal.
“It’s embarrassing. I never spoke about it. Like I said, I never want to play a victim, and I never wanted my family to hear about things from me because I think it would break their heart, you know,” Nicole reveals. “I guess it was like my addiction, right? I never did drugs, but kinda doing things to myself was my addiction. It’s like when I got off stage, I was on this high, and I’d come back to my room and I’d be alone, so I would just do things. My bulimia was my addiction; hurting myself was my addiction.” Ugh…we feel genuinely guilty for liking “Buttons” while Nicole was going through all this. We know that kind of random guilt doesn’t help anyone, but that’s just how we feel.
Beyonce, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer international pop star. According to MediaTakeout, Simon Cowell has allegedly begun courting Beyonce as a replacement judge for The X Factor; the exit of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger has left two open chairs in the show’s panel (right next to L.A. Reid), and Simon desperately wants a big name to fill them. Don’t get us wrong. We can certainly believe that Simon would want Beyonce on the show. They could just train the camera on Bey for two hours and we’re pretty sure no one would complain. Or even miss the contestants.
No, the bigger question mark in our minds has to do with how much Simon is allegedly offering Beyonce to get her on board: $500 million, or $100 million per year for a five season commitment. You guys. That is all the money. That is literally all the money our brains can comprehend. The American financial system would revolve entirely around how gently Beyonce can let down a pitchy, blubbering teenager. No word on whether Bey will accept the offer, but, now that we think about it…that isn’t the worst idea we’ve heard for stimulating the economy.
Paula Abdul, we can barely remember a time when you weren’t gently crushing people’s dreams on TV somewhere. Don’t make us go back to those dark days! Unfortunately, it’s official: Paula, fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones will not be returning for The X-Factor‘s second season, leaving Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid as the only returning castmembers. “Yes, it’s true; I won’t be returning to The X Factor next season. I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations,” Abdul said as part of a statement this afternoon. Oh, how it hurts! Like they’re canceling Hey Paula all over again!
So who should take over for Paula and Nicole when it comes to dismissing mediocre 13-year-olds next fall? Luckily there were plenty of names thrown around last year as potential judges that we think would still be a perfect fit. All we need is the sweet, vaguely maternal judge (Mariah Carey, finally?), a judge who weeps uncontrollably (Jessica Simpson?) and an attractive if somewhat robotic British host (C-3PO?). While some of these options might seem like a pipe dreams (C-3P0 hasn’t worked in years), we wouldn’t be surprised if Simon managed to land some impressively big talent for the show. Who do you think should fill Paula and Nicole’s shoes on the show?
Whether receiving advice from What Not To Wear or watching paid advertisements from the Belt Growers Association of America, we all know by now that the best way to wrangle a dumpy-looking outfit is to belt that sucker. Or the case of these Nicole Scherzinger photos, construct an entire dress out of belts…that sucker. While working the red carpet at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens at Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the former Pussycat Doll doll looks more than a little like Hot Topic Barbie, but at least she’s about 15 minutes and a lot of increasingly furious fumbling away from an accidental wardrobe malfunction.
Lewis Hamilton is gonna be really feeling the pressure today, as Nicole Scherzinger has ramped up her not-so-subtle campaign to get him to put a ring on it. She’s already flashed a massive sparkler on her engagement finger and filmed a YouTube missive bigging up her Formula One beau, but clearly, those hints weren’t obvious enough, and she’s resorted to flat-out publicity to get him to pop the question.
“Would I get married? For sure and, yeah, the Dolls can be the bridesmaids. But I have to get engaged first. Late July is looking good,” she told Hello magazine.
WE HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR, NICOLE. YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED NOW, YES? Lewis, we assume you’ve got the message now. Expect an engagement/breakup announcement imminently. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger prances around and shows off her smokin’ hot bikini body while on vacation in Ibiza with boyfriend Lewis Hamilton and friends. All that dancing keeps this fancy feline in tip-top shape. Scandalist favorite Kim Kardashian recently performed with the Pussycat Dolls in Las Vegas. But who puts on a better show? Kim and her famous badonkadonk or Nicole and her mile long legs? These two may have to fight it out in the litterbox. Meow!