Nicole Scherzinger’s out-of-control ego and jealousy destroyed the Pussycat Dolls singing group, according to former Pussycat Dolls member Carmit Bachar, who gave a scathing interview about Scherzinger to British tabloid The Sun, which published the interview on November 27, 2012. Bachar alleges that Scherzinger was particularly envious of group members Ashley Roberts and Melody Thornton because Scherzinger supposedly felt insecure about being perceived as less attractive than Roberts and Thornton.
It’s important to mention some background information first because most of Bachar’s allegations, if true, are things that happened about two to seven years before she did this interview. Why is she coming forward now with this story?
Scherzinger first found fame in the U.S. as a member of Eden’s Crush, a girl group that was formed in 2001 on the short-lived U.S. version of “Popstars.” Eden’s Crush had only one album and one Top 10 single before breaking up in 2002. She joined the Pussycat Dolls singing group in 2003.
The Pussycat Dolls singing group had its biggest success (multiplatinum hits, sold-out concerts and a Grammy nomination) from 2005 to 2009, when Scherzinger was in the group. The group started out with six members (Scherzinger, Thornton, Roberts, Bachar, Kimberly Wyatt and Jessica Sutta), but Bachar had quit the group by 2008. The Pussycat Dolls lineup with Scherzinger broke up in 2010. Even though the Scherzinger-era Pussycat Dolls had only two albums, the group sold 15 million albums and 37 million singles worldwide.
There has since been a revived Pussycat Dolls group with entirely new members, but that group has not had any hits. (Former “X Factor” U.S. contestant Simone Battle is currently part of the new Pussycat Dolls lineup.)
There is also a Pussycat Dolls burlesque dance troupe, founded by choreographer Robin Antin, that is separate from the singing group. The dance troupe has a lineup that is constantly changing. The Pussycat Dolls singing group was formed as an offshoot to the dance troupe.
After the Pussycat Dolls lineup with Scherzinger broke up, she began doing more reality shows. She was a judge on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” from 2009 to 2010. She was the winner of Season 10 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” in 2010.
In 2011, Scherzinger was a judge on “The X Factor” U.S. but she lasted just one season before she was fired after getting much criticism for being an indecisive judge prone to having emotional meltdowns. Scherzinger was given another chance at being an “X Factor” judge when she joined “The X Factor” U.K. in June 2012. She has been thriving on the U.K. show, where three of her mentored contestants ended up in the Top 5. Schzerzinger’s “X Factor” U.K. contract is expected to be renewed.
Scherzinger has been dating Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton off and on since 2008. (They are currently together.) Before she and Hamilton got together, she briefly dated Nick Cannon in 2008. Scherzinger and 311 singer Nick Hexum were a couple from 2001 to 2004, and she was once engaged to him.
In October 2012, VH1 televised Scherzinger’s “Behind the Music” episode in which she openly talked about having bulimia and a self-harming addiction when she was at the height of her Pussycat Dolls fame. She said that she was able to overcome her addictions with help from therapy and Hamilton.
In the “Behind the Music” interview, Scherzinger also revealed for the first time that she sang “95 percent” of the vocals on the Pussycat Dolls’ debut album, 2005’s “PCD.” Scherzinger said that Thornton sang the rest of the tiny percentage of vocals that Scherzinger did not sing. By all accounts, Scherzinger and Thornton feuded with each other and are no longer on speaking terms.
The timing of Bachar’s interview with The Sun is very interesting. Her close friend Roberts (whom Bachar describes as her “soul sister”) is currently competing on the U.K. version of “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!,” a reality show in which the winner is chosen by public votes. The winner of the current season of the show will be named on December 1, 2012. “The X Factor” U.K.’s current season will have its finale on December 9, 2012, and Scherzinger has two contestants in the Top 4. The winner of “The X Factor” U.K. is also chosen by public votes.
Whenever someone does an exclusive interview with a tabloid that is known to pay people for interviews, it’s also important to keep in mind what a person’s motives may be to do the interview. If it’s a tabloid interview that slams someone else, then the motives are often money and revenge. People can take the tabloid story for whatever they think it’s worth.
Whether Bachar was paid to do the interview or not, it’s clear that she wants to make Roberts look good and Scherzinger look bad during this crucial time of winning people’s votes.
Bachar told The Sun that it’s Scherzinger’s fault that the Pussycat Dolls broke up because Scherzinger was insecure about her looks and thought she was a bigger star than everyone else in the group: “Ashley had that iconic American thing going on — blonde hair, blue eyes. It was the look Nicole seemed to want but could never have. No one could understand why Nicole was so jealous. She was an exotic beauty with a look that most girls would kill for. But she always had a thing about blonde girls.
“Ashley knew that Nicole was jealous of her and it made her feel uncomfortable. It was a hideous undertone in the group. After the Dolls fell apart, Ashley was in tears. It was a tough time for everyone in the band. But with Ashley being the way she is, it was particularly hard on her.”
As for Scherzinger and Thornton’s feuding, Bachar said the animosity was mostly coming from Scherzinger, and it started when Scherzinger wanted to date Hamilton but suspected that he was more attracted to Thornton.
Bachar told The Sun: “I remember someone telling me about Lewis and Nicole and I was like, ‘What?’ He was interested in Melody first. It was all Melody!”
Bachar added: “One of the best shows we ever played was Live Earth in London. We were performing alongside Coldplay and Black Eyed Peas. There were tens of thousands in the crowd at the O2 and billions watching worldwide. But it was also at Live Earth where the trouble began. Nicole messed up the walk on and the first song and we all followed her lead. It was really embarrassing. Also, her vocals were off. Afterwards, Nicole blew up — ranting and raving — and some of the girls, including Ashley, left the room because they were so upset. That was the beginning of the end.
“I think Nicole got it into her head that she was the real star and would be better off on her own. She started traveling in her own tour bus and the divide between her and the rest us just got bigger. Nicole chose to isolate and alienate herself. There was constant bickering. Ashley was always the sensitive one back then. She would often call me late at night crying her eyes out. I know Nicole’s attitude got to her. Nicole basically wanted to be front and centre all the time. We were expected to work our a***s off to boost Nicole and her own career. The situation became unbearable.”
In her “Behind the Music” interview, Scherzinger admitted that her goal all along was to be a solo singer and that she joined the Pussycat Dolls only after her post-Eden’s Crush solo career was going nowhere and she felt she had no other options.
Scherzinger also claimed in the interview that the Pussycat Dolls’ second album (2008’s “Doll Domination”) was intended to be a solo album for her, but she was pressured by the record company to stay in the Pussycat Dolls since the group’s career was still hot at the time.
Scherzinger recorded a solo album (“Her Name Is Nicole”) that was never released. Her first official solo album, “Killer Love,” was released in Europe in March 2011, and it yielded three Top 10 hits in the U.K.: “Poison,” Right There” and “Don’t Hold Your Breath.” (The latter song was No. 1 in the U.K.) Interscope Records still does not have a U.S. release date for “Killer Love,” but two of Scherzinger’s solo singles were released in the U.S. in 2011: “Right There” (which peaked at No. 39) and “Don’t Hold Your Breath” (which stalled at No. 86).
Scherzinger’s second solo album is expected to be released in 2013. The album’s title, songs and release date are to be announced. Scherzinger has collaborated with Will.i.am on the album.
As for what the rest of the former Pussycat Dolls have been doing, none has a major record deal as a solo artist. Sutta was signed to Hollywood Records and had a U.S. dance hit called “Show Me” in 2011, but she parted ways with the record company in 2012 due to “creative differences.” Roberts has been attempting to stay in the public eye by being on reality shows. In addition to being on “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here,” she was reportedly in discussions to be the female co-host of “The X Factor” U.S., but Khloe Kardashian got the job.
Bachar told The Sun: “Ashley wants to act in romantic comedies now. Also, she would like to find a nice British man … All of the Dolls are still friends, apart from Nicole. Nicole knows I had a child, my daughter Kaela Rose last year, but she never got in touch. A Pussycat Dolls reunion isn’t out of the question. Five of us — and not Nicole — could happen. But all six? Never. Too much water under the bridge.”