I CAN exclusively confirm that The Pussycat Dolls group – headed by Nicole Scherzinger – are making their comeback.
More than a decade after they announced they were going on a hiatus to pursue solo music projects, they are returning with a massive tour and talk of new music.
A source close to the US group, who had hits including Buttons, Don’t Cha and Jai Ho, said: “Nicole has long turned down offers for a reunion but with the ten-year anniversary of their hiatus passing, she finally said she was ready.
“Nicole was made a multi-million pound offer to re-join the group and was given a huge advance which made it impossible for her to turn down.”
She will be joined by other original Pussycat Dolls Melody Thornton, Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta. The group will be announcing a worldwide tour in the coming months, including a handful of UK gigs — pencilled in for 2020.
Another insider added: “The tour is going to be huge and the group will be playing their greatest hits. But there has been talk of the possibility of them recording new music.
“It’s in the early stages but now they’re going to be back together, a couple of them, including Nicole, have said they’d be open to working on some new sounds together.”
The group are also being lined up for a number of mega-money commercial deals which will coincide with the announcement later this year.
Nicole hinted a reunion was on the cards in the summer. She said: “I miss touring. That’s why I’d love to one day go back out so it could be a party.
“When I went solo after, I really enjoyed touring with my dancers and I was like ‘God I miss my girls’. I’d love for us to be able to get back out and just enjoy it and breathe.”
The cat’s well and truly out of the bag now, Nic.
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Si at 60
AS SIMON Cowell heads to 60 next month, he’s looking better than ever after losing almost three stone.
The X Factor mogul has been inundated with compliments about his trim new look, but his co-star Louis Walsh is not a fan.
Louis said at BBC Radio 2’s Live In Hyde Park on Sunday: “He’s lost an awful lot of weight. He looks too skinny now.”
But it’s not all bad, as the Irish music manager said he was impressed by Simon’s ability to roll back the years. Louis added: “Sharon Osbourne’s got a new face, Simon’s got a new face. It’s brilliant. He obviously looks after himself a lot. He looked terrible last year. He did, let’s be honest.”
Now, now, Louis. Simon has only just let you back on The X Factor panel . . .
TOVE LO will do a three-date UK tour next Spring. The singer, whose album Sunshine Kitty is out on Friday, will play Glasgow on March 9 and Manchester on March 10 before a gig at the O2 Forum in London on March 12.
Ed: If I could have a word with Wiley
AFTER being berated and bullied by Wiley on Twitter, Ed Sheeran has finally set the record straight.
The pair collaborated on You in 2011 but appeared to fall out after Wiley accused Ed of using grime to get Take Me Back To London – his single with Stormzy – to No1 last month.
Wiley had also claimed Ed refused to do another song with him – which the singer has now denied.
Referring to another track they both featured on, Ed told him on Twitter: “You wanted to release If I Could the same week as my debut single on a major label and I merely asked if you could move to a week before or a week after, which you did.”
Wiley reckoned the title of Ed’s track You Need Me, I Don’t Need You was aimed at him.
But Ed said that he wrote the song when he was 15 and it was about “teenage angst”.
He finished the statement by saying he is “excited” about the release of the grime artist’s album Godfather 3 next month.
I just hope Wiley accepts the olive branch and stops the irrational tweets.
KENDALL Jenner has called on her 115million Instagram followers to offset their carbon footprints. On her Zaza World Radio Show she said: “Everyone, right now, set up a day in your week to go plant a tree. Go f***ing plant a tree.”
SINGLE rock chick Chrissie Hynde has issued a come-and-get-me plea for men to chat her up.
But the American singer, who lives in London, has ruled out celeb dating apps.
Twice-married Chrissie said: “I feel like I’m 15. I feel good – come and get me, guys.
“I can’t do a dating app, though. I don’t want to do Raya as I don’t want to go out with a celebrity.
“The singer is releasing new Pretenders album Hate For Sale next year – but she fears the popularity of rock is dying out.
She said: “I don’t know where rock ’n’ roll is placed at the moment in popular culture. It comes round in cycles. My message is always, ‘Get a guitar’.”
I already have one, Chrissie – and I’m up for a jam whenever you are.
STACEY Dooley is to host the Strictly live tour. The show’s reigning champ said: “I’m so excited to be joining the Strictly gang again . . . It’ll be a blast. I hope I’ll find a way to get those dancing shoes back on again too.”
BRAD Pitt has revealed he turned to religion following his split from Angelina Jolie and while he battled booze. The actor told GQ mag: “Like, I cling to religion. I called myself an atheist for a while, just kind of being rebellious. I wasn’t really. It felt punk rock enough. And then I found myself coming back around. I hate to use the word spirituality, but just a belief in that we’re all connected.”
NOEL Gallagher is to be presented with the President’s gong at the Broadcast Music Inc London awards 2019. The honour, which has previously been given to big names including Pink and Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay, will be handed to the ex-Oasis rocker on October 21. British rising star Raye will also win big on the night as the first artist to receive The BMI Impact Award.
AFTER she was revealed to be joining Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible films, Hayley Atwell has admitted she is “thrilled”. The Avengers: Endgame actress said: I can’t wait to start sharing this adventure with you. Mostly in the form of effusive, sweaty ranting about stunt training while spontaneously vomiting with excitement/exhaustion. Lucky you!”
LOUISE Redknapp’s two teenage sons with her footie pundit ex Jamie, Charlie and Beau, have banned her from making any more sexy music videos after she writhed around in a backless leotard for comeback single Stretch. The singer, whose comeback album will be out early next year, explained: “They made me promise I wouldn’t make any more videos like that.”
Ellie makes a split decision
NEWLYWED Ellie Goulding stood out from the crowd in a revealing Vivienne Westwood dress at London Fashion Week.
The singer, who tied the knot with art dealer Caspar Jopling at the end of last month, showed off her glowing honeymoon tan in the black gown at jeweller Bulgari’s party in the capital.
Paloma Faith chose an eye-catching, crochet-style patterned dress for her place in the front row at designer Ashish’s show.
And following the success of her Spring/Summer 20 collection, Victoria Beckham treated husband David and their kids to a slap-up dinner at Harry’s restaurant in the city.
The couple were snapped looking bleary eyed as they headed home from the celebrations late on Sunday.
Gallagher brothers at 'war'
WASHED-UP “hard man” Liam Gallagher has warned his estranged brother Noel there will be war if they’ve not reconciled before his mum Peggy passes.
Liam told Radio 5 Live: “God forbid, something happens to my mam and we haven’t made up by then. There will be war. I think he’s having a mid-life crisis.
“He says stuff, and his missus says something, and I say something, and it’s all childish, and we should all grow up… but at the end of the day it’s down to him.”
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Brooklyn aqua girl
BROOKLYN Beckham is diving back into single life after his latest break-up.
The snapper has his eye on glamorous Team GB synchronised swimmer Genevieve Randall, who’s a dead-ringer for his ex Hana Cross.
Brooklyn spent more than five hours flirting with Genevieve, who’s become a stuntwoman and model after injury ended her Olympic dream, at the White City House members club in West London on Saturday.
A source said: “Brooklyn and his mates cheered on Genevieve as she showed off her synchronised swimming skills in the club’s rooftop pool.
“Once she’d cooled off, things heated up, and Brooklyn spent the entire afternoon and evening charming her.
“As Genevieve left, Brooklyn told her he would follow her on Instagram, and made good on his promise the very next day.
“They follow each other, so he may have already slid into her DMs.”
Brooklyn met Genevieve just two days after a tense exchange with Hana at a London Fashion Week party reportedly left her in tears.
At least things are going swimmingly for one of them.
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