Rumors of Fergie's departure have been swirling around online for the past few days, but today Will.i.am confirmed that Fergie has indeed left the group to pursue her own solo career, and start her own record label. Fergie joined the Black Eyed Peas in 2002 and helped launch them to the next level. They enjoyed many lucrative years on top of the charts. Its now being said that Nicole Scherzinger (Former Pussycat Doll) may be lending her vocals to the groups upcoming projects. No word yet, if she will officially become the next member of the Black Eyed Peas.