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13 years after joining the group, Fergie has officially parted ways with the Black Eyed Peas.

B.E.P. has not released an album since 2010’s The Beginning, but rumors of split has circulated for the last few years. Will.i.am confirmed the news during an interview with Ahlan! on Thursday (June 1).

“Since the beginning of Black Eyed Peas, we’ve always had amazing vocalists that appeared on the mic with us. People like Macy Gray, Esthero, Debi Nova, Fergie. On Elephunk, there were several females that appeared on that album. Obviously Fergie was the featured female, but on songs like ‘Let’s Get it Started,’ it’s Noelle [Scaggs], and then Fergie, songs like ‘Latin Girls,’ it’s Debi Nova, and ‘Request Line,’ it’s Macy Gray. We’ll always work with good females.”

“She’s working on her solo project at the moment, we’re on this brand-new experience, celebrating 20 years of Black Eyed Peas putting out music,” Will continued. “We worked on a bunch of songs on her solo record, we’re proud that she has her label, but Black Eyed Peas are pushing it forward in terms of content, technology and experiences on our new [graphic novel] project, Masters of the Sun — The Zombie Chronicles.”

What about rumors that Nicole Scherzinger is taking Fergie’s spot? “Nicole is on the new BEP project as well. I don’t want to go into details how she’s involved yet.”

News of the split comes on the heels of an announcement last month that Fergie was starting her own imprint, Dutchess Music, after leaving Will.i.am Music Group (via Interscope Records). She’s currently prepping a new album titled Double Dutchess, which will be her first in 11 years.