They pushed her “Buttons.”
Nicole Scherzinger dissed the Pussycat Dolls in a new solo song titled “Freedom,” which she debuted amid a contentious lawsuit with the girl group’s founder.
“Please allow me to introduce myself / I’m not that little doll you knew / She paid her dues / Now she owns herself,” Scherzinger sang while headlining Sydney WorldPride in Australia on March 4.
“I’ve got a new attitude down inside of me / I’ve got a new pair of shoes / Step aside, please,” she continued. “I’m through working for you / Was killing me to compromise / Bitch, I just woke up redefined.”
Scherzinger did, however, sing several Pussycat Dolls hits during her performance, including “Don’t Cha” and “When I Grow Up.”
Ahead of the Pride concert, the “Masked Singer” judge shared that she hoped to make the LGBTQIA+ community “very proud” with “Freedom,” an upbeat dance track that a source tells Page Six exclusively is expected to be released later this year.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a gay pop anthem; I know it will be,” Scherzinger, 44, told the Daily Telegraph’s Confidential.
The Pussycat Dolls, who found fame in the mid-2000s, briefly reunited in November 2019 and released a comeback single, “React,” in February 2020.
However, their plans to go on tour and record a new album fell apart due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as internal strife.
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Then, in September 2021, the ensemble’s founder, Robin Antin, sued Scherzinger for breach of contract, claiming the singer had refused to participate in a reunion tour unless she got more money than her bandmates as well as creative control of their shows.
The drama came to a head in January 2022 when Scherzinger posted on social media that the tour had been canceled altogether — much to the surprise of at least two of her fellow Dolls.
“We want to say how incredibly disappointed we are to learn of an announcement made on Instagram that the Pussycat Dolls reunion tour is canceled,” Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta said in a joint statement at the time. “As of now, there has been no official notification of that.”
Later that month, Page Six exclusively reported that Scherzinger filed a response to Antin’s suit, which she called “a meritless effort to enforce an expired 2019 agreement.”
We’ve confirmed the case is still being hashed out in court — and will be for a while, as a Los Angeles judge recently delayed a status conference to March 2024.