And in what could be considered a barbed swipe at rival Cheryl, Nicole mocked other judges that have fallen for the charms of male contestants.
She has described him as an “alpha male”, “the most competitive person I know”.
In a rare interview in December, he dubbed her “inspiring” and “a hard worker”.
It is inspired by all the violence in the US.” The Black Eyed Peas last reunited for a one-off single in September 2016, presenting a new take on their 2003 hit Where Is The Love.
The email from Nicole Scherzinger’s agent arrived the morning we were due to meet: “Nicole does not discuss her relationship with Lewis in interviews.” It sets alarm bells ringing, as in every interview the Pussycat Doll-turned-West-End-actress has given recently, she has talked about her seven-year romance with British F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
Their first break-up came in 2010, three years after they met on the red carpet at the European Music Awards, with their spokesmen insisting they wanted to “focus fully on their careers”.
Then, almost as quickly as it had ended, things were back on again: she called him her soulmate; he said he was like a “besotted schoolboy”.
On this side of the Atlantic, we know her best for those barely-there outfits in pop band the Pussycat Dolls (whose hits included the bestselling 'Don’t Cha') and her perky turn of phrase as a judge on The X Factor, but Scherzinger says musicals are her first love.
She speaks languidly, dreamily, in an unfathomably high octave, and she is slumped on a sofa in her softly-lit dressing room, stage make-up caked around bloodshot eyes.
Today, however, it has been reported that the 36-year-old former X Factor judge and Hamilton have broken up, over his refusal to settle down with her.
It is the fourth time the couple have split during their relationship, which has been rocky and fraught by the strain of long-distance romance (Hamilton is based in Monaco, Scherzinger in Los Angeles).
“It’s exhausting because you have to give everything.