Whatever happened to The Pussycat Dolls? They were super famous with one hit after the other in 2010, and it’s shocking that they never made a comeback. One minute, they were there, and the next minute, they went into obscurity. It’s always surprising when this happens to some bands because it’s hard to figure out why a band that was so popular would suddenly just disappear.
The girls that made up The Pussycat Dolls were all-American girls, but they were the kind of girls that parents feared. They were all about sexiness and dressed very provocatively and didn’t care what they said or what they sang about. They were popular with both guys and girls, and it was because of their image in the media.
The band fell apart in 2010, however, and that was after eight Top 10 Hits. So, what makes a band go away when they had one hit after another? Many believe it had something to do with Nicole Scherzinger, who thought the group should be all about her. But judging by some of the confessions hitting the news these days, we have to wonder if there wasn’t more going on with the group back then that we don’t know about. We've discovered many shocking secrets behind the band, some of them pretty funny, while others will make you question what goes on in Hollywood. These are the secrets that can certainly ruin a band. Are these the secrets that destroyed a popular girl band?
15 Nicole Scherzinger’s Eating Disorder
There’s no doubt about it: the girls of The Pussycat Dolls were lean and sexy. Being in that environment, though, it’s not surprising that a girl could end up developing an eating disorder. Not only are women in Hollywood expected to look perfect all the time, but these girls were also always in outfits that were closer to lingerie than anything, so their bodies were always being showcased. One of the rumors swirling around the group was that Nicole Scherzinger had an eating disorder that she tried to hide and that that was part of what broke up the band. At the time, Nicole was battling bulimia and wouldn't confide in her bandmates about the issue, which caused a lot of tension in the group. Carmit Bachar made it clear that it was this that caused the band to be damaged and eventually split.
14 Someone Wanted a Solo Career
Nicole Scherzinger was the lead singer of the band, and she was the one who catapulted the band to fame, making them all very rich. There were a lot of rumors going around that Nicole wanted to be a solo artist like Beyoncé, and the fact that she was already acting like it was the “Nicole Scherzinger Show” caused a lot of tension with the band. Carmit Bachar also admitted that she felt that Nicole cared less about the band and more about her own career. Nicole was always so ambitious and wanted to break apart from the band. It could've been Nicole's driven nature that set her apart from her bandmates and also caused the eating disorder. “It’s quite scary, but obviously, that can affect you deeply emotionally; obviously, there are things there that need to be dealt with, too, but we were working so hard, so we didn’t think,” Bachar said.
13 Simone Battle's Suicide
With claims of eating disorders and suicide going around, you have to wonder if there was sexual assault going on in the group to make these girls feel so badly about themselves. At only age 25, Simone Battle committed suicide, shocking the group to its core. “You can never prepare yourself for something like this, ever,” says group member Lauren Bennett, 25. “We’d just been in rehearsals the day before, learning choreography for our show, and the next day, we were starting the morning as usual when we got the call. I still can’t believe it. I don’t think any of us can. It’s weird that we’re even sitting here, talking about it.” The band didn’t understand what happened, but there were claims that Battle was suffering from depression at the time, and no one really knew what she was going through.
12 The Girls Were Forced into a P---------------- Ring
On October 13th, Kaya Jones shocked Hollywood when she claimed that being part of The Pussycat Dolls was more like being part of a prostitution ring. It came as quite a shock because no one saw it coming, and it seemed to come from nowhere. But did it, really? Ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, there has seemed to be all kinds of celebrities coming out of the woodwork claiming that they were sexually assaulted in Hollywood. As part of the #METOO movement that's been circulating in social media these days, Kaya Jones was just one of many who started confessing. She hit Twitter and made a series of posts that many people couldn’t believe. “My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring,” she wrote. “Oh, and we happened to sing and be famous. While everyone who owned us made the [money]."
11 Some Girls Were Just Window Dressing
There were already claims going around that Nicole Scherzinger wanted a solo career, so it probably didn’t help when she made a statement that some girls in the band were just “window dressing.” That alone is sure to cause some problems in the band. During an MTV Behind the Music episode, Nicole bared all about how she had felt about being the talent behind the band. It’s common knowledge that Nicole was pretty much the only singer in the band, so she believed she was what held the band together. A&R Executive Ron Fair backed up Nicole’s claims: "It was just a group, but Nicole was the singer. The girls should have been gracious all along and said that the whole time." Kaya Jones, however, wasn’t too impressed, "Nicole was always someone who wanted to be in the spotlight and would do pretty much anything to get it," she said. "To call the other girls in The Pussycat Dolls 'window dressings' is a bit farfetched ... every girl in the group was talented."
10 Their Money Was Taken Away
You'd think that a band as popular as The Pussycat Dolls were raking in millions of dollars. You'd be right, but former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones isn’t just speaking out about sexual assault; she's also claiming that the band members, except for maybe the lead singer, was only paid a measly $500 a week. That would be terrible if it were true because those girls weren't being paid much more than someone with a regular job. She claimed that the group’s founder “owned them” and never gave them any money. Robin Antin responded to the allegations, stating, "Kaya Jones was never a member of The Pussycat Dolls, but simply a Pussycat reject who's looking for her 15 minutes of fame. I am shocked by the allegations Ms. Jones has stated and they are nothing more than disgusting, ridiculous lies."
9 Was Kaya Jones a Member?
So, the question is, was Kaya Jones really a member of the band, or is she just spouting lies out of jealousy? Granted, she was a member of the band at one time, but she left the band before they made it to superstardom, which is too bad for her because had she stayed, she could've made a lot more money. Robin Antin stated, "Ms. Jones was never an official member of the group. She was one of the many, many girls who auditioned for The Pussycat Dolls over the years." Jones has made it pretty clear on social media that she isn’t on good terms with the band’s founder, even accusing her of being responsible for Battle’s suicide. "I want the den mother from hell to confess why another one of her girl group girls committed suicide? Tell the public how you mentally broke us."
8 Sleeping with Everyone
As part of Kaya Jones's allegations, she stated that in order to be part of The Pussycat Dolls, the girls were expected to sleep with people that the executives wanted them to. These allegations are, for obvious reasons, very disturbing. "To be a part of the team, you must be a team player -- meaning sleep with whoever they say. If you don't, they have nothing on you to leverage. Yes, I said 'leverage,' meaning, after they turn you out or get you hooked on drugs, they use it against you. Correct. Victimizing the victim again. Why don't we report it? Because we were all abused! I personally have been warned if I tell I will... you know, end up dead or no more career," Jones wrote. These are shocking allegations and pretty scary ones, actually. If they aren’t true, then why is she so adamant about them?
7 Johnny Depp Brought Them Success
When it comes to bands, there's always someone who “discovered” them. Sure, Robin Antin is the founder of the group and is considered to be the “den mother,” but before the group was famous, they ran into Johnny Depp. One evening, Depp was hosting a party at the Viper Room, and it was The Pussycat Dolls that he hired for entertainment. That was the beginning and the end for the band because soon, they were booking all kinds of gigs, and well, the rest is history. They went from booking celebrity functions to selling over $50 million in records. That’s a career that no one can sneeze at. They got famous fast and went on to make hit after hit before they disappeared. It’s sad that the band broke up because imagine how much bigger they could've gotten if they had stayed a team, though, by the sounds of it, not everyone had their best interests at heart.
6 A Burn Victim
Nicole Scherzinger actually suffered from burns as a child due to an incident that left her scarred. You probably wouldn’t know it unless it was pointed out to you, however, as the scar goes unnoticed by even the people around her. She was scarred on her hand and on her face from when she was a child. She’s never gotten plastic surgery, but she's used natural elements to decrease the damage and minimize the scarring. Her grandmother has used a Hawaiian plant on her skin frequently to aid in its healing. There are so many things that can be done these days to minimize scarring that she could probably get rid of them permanently. It certainly hasn’t stopped her from being successful, first with The Pussycat Dolls and then as a judge on X Factor. She’s a beautiful woman who's done well in her career.
5 Swallowed Whale -----
No this isn’t part of the game “Would You Rather…” It’s just a disgusting fact about a member of The Pussycat Dolls. Nicole Scherzinger has admitted to trying whale sperm at one time in her life, but she recommends that it’s not something anyone else should try. Typically, we'd say "duh," but it wouldn’t be the first time that someone has put something disgusting in her mouth. During a trip to Tokyo, Nicole got drunk and ended up putting whale sperm in her mouth -- probably not the best combination for a belly full of booze, but who are we to judge? Whale semen is supposedly a delicacy in Tokyo, which is both weird and disgusting. She's also suggested not trying it when you’re drunk, which makes us wonder if she threw up. Just not a great mental picture all around.
4 Turned Out on Drugs
Not only has Kaya Jones alleged that the girls were basically used as prostitutes for the executives in the industry, but she also stated that they had them all on drugs to keep them mollified. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that drugs were involved in the music industry, but we're interested to see if Jones is going to stick to her story. Antin released a statement against the allegations of sex and drug use. "The Pussycat Dolls has always and will always stand for female empowerment and sisterhood. We stand in solidarity with all women who have bravely spoken publicly of their horrific experiences of abuse, harassment, and exploitation. However, we cannot stand behind false allegations towards other group members partaking in activities that simply did not take place.” Only time will tell if Kaya Jones is telling the truth.
3 She Had to Walk Away From Her Dreams
What would make a girl or multiple girls walk away from their dream of fame and fortune? That’s the question being asked, especially of Kaya Jones. Why did these girls walk away from a popular and famous girl band? Was it a prostitution ring? Were there sex and drugs that were causing depression and suicide? "We were in Vegas, and this girl walked up to me and said with awe, 'You're a Pussycat Doll.' She had me with those words. It was like I was Wonder Woman in her eyes. I stopped and thought to myself, 'What are you doing? This girl wants to be me. If she succeeds, she will have to cope with sexual predators and verbal and mental abuse, she'll suffer from eating disorders, she'll consider suicide. I just thought, 'I can't do it anymore.' And I have absolutely no regrets at turning my back on The Pussycat Dolls. To anyone thinking I’ve made this up, why would I want to have a target on my back/claim to have been used and abused? Not exactly a good look," the 33-year-old singer tweeted. "To the dolls that stayed and artists I’ve worked with who knew and know the truth, speak up! When the truth is shown, be on the right side of history" (Mirror).
2 Lies Behind the Group
There seem to be so many lies swirling around the group that it’s hard to pinpoint what's really the truth and what's fiction. One thing is evident, and it's that a few of the girls were deeply disturbed while being part of the group, and typically, that stems from somewhere. Were they treated fairly? It’s hard to say, but there are allegations that Robin Antin and her team are sending out letters to have their lawyers silence Jones and the rest of the group. Nicole Scherzinger spoke these alarming words about bulimia and how she felt about herself, and it really makes you wonder how protected the members were. "I did it every day for, like, years," Scherzinger said. "Every time I had a second to be alone, I was doing something to myself. You get, like, blisters on your hands or scars on your hands, and I'd try to hide those. I think the girls could tell. I just hated myself," Scherzinger continued. "I hated myself. I really was so disgusted with myself and so embarrassed. I felt so alone. I was in a group, and I never felt so alone in my life."
1 Her Role Was Minimized
The girls in the band thought originally that The Pussycat dolls were going to be a real band where they all took part in making it the best band that it could be. What started off as a burlesque troupe that did events for celebrities turned into a band that was able to sell out concerts. It soon became evident, however, that Nicole was going to be the frontrunner of the band and that the rest of the girls would just be dancers. For the most part, aside from a few ad libs here and there, Nicole was the sole talent of the band. “We didn’t think it was going to veer to being as much of Nicole as it did. We thought of her as being the lead vocalist and spearheading the situation, but then, it really became a separation between us,” Miss Bachar stated.
Sources: etonline.com; dailymail.co.uk