Her pop pedigree is impeccable: she was in a girl band that won Popstars, the forerunner of American Idol, before being cast as the lead vocalist in the burlesque Pussycat Dolls, a 50-million-record-selling band who were once supported on tour by the then relative unknowns Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
Saturday nights won’t be the same now that honorary Brit NICOLE SCHERZINGER has ended her tenure as The X Factor’s best-loved judge – but she’s returning to her own music career with a new sense of purpose Nicole Scherzinger just flew in from Venice late last night, after a romantic weekend with her Formula 1 beau Lewis Hamilton.
Since they hooked up in 2008, their long-distance relationship – conducted over so many time zones it would take Stephen Hawking to calculate the likelihood of them being awake at the same time – has been on and off more frequently than the brake lights on his W04 Mercedes.
Right now, Lewis is blazing a trail to glory on the high-adrenalin, high-stakes Formula 1 circuit, but the pair are continuing to carve out time for one another; and who could fail to be swept away by a romantic weekend in Venice?
Apart from demonstrating that even that ill-defined stratum known as ‘celebrity’ has a distinct pecking order, the incident shows the down-to-earth nature of the couple’s relationship. ‘If we lived in the same country or even the same continent it would make things easier.
There’s more: they play board games, they watch knockabout comedies and, although they could, they don’t always dine in fabulous eateries. But I guess I like things complicated.’ The pair make an A-list couple to if not yet match then certainly bear comparison with another glittering pop-sport union.