DID YOU KNOW? Ni­cole Scherzinger

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - YOUR MOVIE PLANNER -

As the for­mer Pussy­cat Doll con­tin­ues in her role as a judge on The X Fac­tor (8pm, ITV), we look at some facts that you might not know about the flam­boy­ant pop star…

She was born in the Hawai­ian cap­i­tal of Honolulu on 29 June 1978, which makes her 39, al­though fel­low judge Louis Walsh re­cently had his doubts: ‘No­body knows what age she is, but she’s older than she says she is,’ he claimed.

She first found fame in 2000 when she au­di­tioned on the US re­al­ity show Pop­stars, and won a place in the short-lived girl group Eden’s Crush. Their first and only sin­gle, Get Over Your­self, reached num­ber eight in the US Bill­board charts.

The Pussy­cat Dolls were orig­i­nally founded as a bur­lesque troupe by chore­og­ra­pher Robin Antin in 1995. Af­ter at­tract­ing wide­spread me­dia cov­er­age,

Antin de­cided to turn the Dolls into a pop group in 2003 and re­cruited Scherzinger as a mem­ber. The band went on to be­come world­wide best­sellers, with sev­eral hits in­clud­ing their chart-top­ping Don’t Cha. She cred­its US pop star Whit­ney Hous­ton as be­ing her great­est mu­si­cal in­flu­ence.

She has a younger sis­ter named Ke’ala. In 2012, she pub­licly re­vealed her eight-year strug­gle with bu­limia. ‘I never did drugs, but hurt­ing my­self was my ad­dic­tion. The mu­sic is what saved me. That’s the only thing I can trust,’ she ex­plained.

She had a long-term re­la­tion­ship with the Bri­tish For­mula 1 driver

Lewis Hamil­ton and is now dat­ing the Bul­gar­ian ten­nis player Grigor Dim­itrov.

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