NICOLE SCHERZINGER is one of this year’s judges on The X Factor Celebrity. The former pussycat doll dated F1 champion Lewis Hamilton for 7 years but why did the couple split? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Nicole Scherzinger joins X Factor veterans Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell on the judging panel of this year’s X Factor: Celebrity. The popstar is mentoring the overs category and has just three acts left in the competition. Alongside her singing career, Scherzinger was also known for long term relationship with British sports personality Lewis Hamilton.
Why did Nicole Scherzinger split with Lewis Hamilton?
Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton first met at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards in Munich.
The pair dated on and off for seven years, splitting for the final time in February 2015.
In 2015, the Sun reported that the couple split following Hamilton’s refusal to propose.
A source told the paper: “They’d been fighting for months but things had got much worse.”
“She finally had enough. Nicole knew Lewis had no plans to marry her, she’s completely gutted and feels lost about her future.
“They spend so much time apart that things just became untenable.”
Since then, Scherzinger and Hamilton have given different reasons for their split over the years.
Speaking to People, Scherzinger explained that the pair had become too “comfortable.”
She said: “Sometimes people stay in relationships because they get complacent because it’s comfortable for them because they don’t want to be alone.
“It’s a new chapter in my life. I’m going through a very transformative time in my life.”
Whilst appearing on The Jonathan Ross show in 2016, Scherzinger spoke candidly of her ex.
She said: “I don’t see anything negative, I think it’s quite natural when people separate and go their own ways and you just have to be adult about it and just always wish the other person happiness, success and love like sincerely and I do.’
Speaking to Top Gear magazine in August 2017 Lewis said the reason they split was that he prioritised his vehicles over women.
He said: “My cars are my babies. I used to say, when I had a girlfriend, ‘I’m taking one of the girls out, so you can come if you want, but you come second when it comes to the cars’.”
Who is Nicole Scherzinger?
Nicole Scherzinger is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and TV personality from Hawaii.
She is best known for being the lead singer of the noughties girl band The Pussycat Dolls.
Following the groups break up in 2010, Scherzinger became a judge on THE X Factor US in 2011.
The mastermind behind The X Factor, Simon Cowell, then recruited Scherzinger to join The X Factor UK judging panel.
Scherzinger served as a judge on the show from 2012 until 2013 and again in 2016 and 2017.
This year, Scherzinger returned to the X Factor spin-off, X Factor: Celebrity as a judge alongside Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell.