How Fergie Stays Centered: 'I Have a Great Therapist'

Fergie has had her share of ups and downs recently. Her marriage became a target for the tabloids when rumors surfaced that her husband of less than a year, actor Josh Duhamel, cheated on her with a stripper (claims which the actor has denied). But the Black Eyed Peas singer has also been riding high on career success: Besides being nominated for six Grammy awards with her chart-topping group, she also has a role in the all-star movie musical Nine alongside Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz and Daniel-Day Lewis (which hits theaters on Christmas Day). iVillage spoke with the 34-year-old singer-actress about her secret weapon for staying balanced, the girls night out she had with her Nine costars and why Duhamel loves her curves.

You've said that your husband Josh loved the extra weight you gained for this movie. What advice do you have for girls so their guys love the extra meat on their bones?

The key I think is loving it yourself, and this character taught me about that. It actually helped me with body image. Saraghina is not embarrassed of her curves. She loves them. Men love them. She is proud of them. You know, I fluctuate all the time. I had a period where I got really back in shape and was working out four to five times a week and it was great. Now I'm a little softer, I've been traveling, but it's okay. It's about loving yourself at any point where you are, and I think (it's about) just having that confidence. Josh loves it, he loves it whatever weight I am, but I think it's about you. I think that people can sense the way you feel about it and that's important. That's the key that I learned.

Did you get right back into shape?

No, it was great. In fact, when I stopped shooting, it took me a while to start refusing the fried foods because I got used to it and I got spoiled and I was craving those tastes still. I wasn't just one of those ones who just click right back and is psychotic, no.

Nine also stars Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Dame Judi Dench. Did you feel empowered by working with such a female-heavy cast?

Yes. It was very exciting. Because Rob (Marshall, director of Nine) had this way of presenting each woman coming out (on screen). It's just an exciting moment for each one of the girls to come out and have their moment. It was a feeling of camaraderie on set because we all knew we were part of something special and we really wanted everyone to be great so the overall piece would pay respect to what it was representing.

Did you feel intimidated by the other actresses?

At first, when I was going to London to film. Sure, I didn't know what to expect. I'm around a bunch of musicians all the time. We're rowdy and get into trouble and all of that. So I was definitely more observant coming into this and I really wanted to learn. I wanted to take whatever I could from these people who were at the top of their game, who have done so many projects that I've admired and I just wanted to kind of be a sponge and take what I could from it. But once we got on set and everyone got to know each other and everyone (was) down to earth, then we were past that -- or I was past that. It was really quick.

So was there good girl bonding?

Definitely. Oh yeah. We had a few nights -- it was fun.

Any good stories?

Well, Penelope Cruz, she was the social coordinator. She coordinated us all to go to the Madonna concert together, so we became like teenage girls again.


Oh yeah. It was so fun. And we went to Bungalow 8 and had a few nights there. We went to Kate's apartment a few times. Kate came over my hotel room. She was actually helping me pick out wedding dresses during that time.

What do you do to say centered in your life when things are difficult?
Well, I have a great therapist. She helps me with that because there is no rule book on how to have balance in your life when you're in a band and you're touring all over the world, so you have to do it yourself. I used to go out with the guys every night. When I first joined the band it was rock and roll all the way. And I've learned through experience it makes me unbalanced, so I pick my nights now. I let the guys know when I'm going out, but it's not all the time. Then those other times I take for myself. Alone time is important and it gives me the space to not just be completely about work, work, work, work, work. It's like, "Hmmm, I can read a book or do different things for myself." And that's the key to balance.


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