A new era for the Black Eyed Peas began last week as the group released their eighth studio album Translation.
Although it’s not their first album without Fergie, the group still felt connected with her throughout the entire process.
“Fergie is our sister. So even with these small connections, she's always going to be our sister. But unfortunately, our schedule is displaced by [her] wanting to be a great mom, and she wants to focus on that," Apl.de.ap told Billboard in an extensive interview.
Will.i.am said the singer hadn’t heard the new album yet, but that they remain in touch with one another.
"We try to keep in touch. We reach out every once in a while and say our hellos and happy birthdays and Merry Christmas and Happy Easter," he said.
"She knows where we’re at! We're at the studio. And we love her, and she's focusing on being a mom. That's a hard job, and that's what she really wanted to do and we're here for her, and she knows how to contact us for a retreat or a breakaway. It's really the way Fergie designed it, so we’re respecting her design. We love Fergie, and we don't want anything but awesomeness for her."
The Black Eyed Peas new record is guest heavy featuring cameos from Shakira, J Balvin, Ozuna, Maluma, Nicky Jam, Tyga, and many more.
The group’s newest member J. Rey Soul was much more involved in the record leaving a strong impression on the band. "I want to say how proud I am of J.Rey Soul as well because I know people are probably wondering who this artist is,” Taboo added.