Nicole Scherzinger is an amazing singer, actress, and a double-threat entertainer. Following periods of paying her dues, Nicole rose to fame in 2005 as the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls which went on to become of the best selling girl group of all time. Following their hiatus, Nicole released a couple of albums as a solo artist before turning her focus to TV. She is now best known for her TV gigs including as a panelist on The X Factor and The Masked Singer, the latter which debuted in January 2019. Here is a quick but detailed tour of her life and career.
Nicole Scherzinger’s Bio
Nicole Scherzinger was born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on the 29th day of June 1978 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Her biological parents are Alfonso Valiente who is Filipino and Rosemary Elikolani who is a Native Hawaiian with roots from Ukraine. She has a sister named Keala.
When Nicole was about 6 years old, her parents got divorced, after which her mother would relocate with her and her sister to Louisville, Kentucky where she remarried a certain German-American man named Gary Scherzinger who would come to adopt Nicole, hence her surname.
Scherzinger gets her artistic side from her mother Rosemary who was a professional hula dancer. The entertainer also gives credit to her mom for the level of success she has achieved today. Nicole began her education at Bowen Elementary, and later Meyzeek Middle School. She would later attend Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School to hone her artistic traits.
Thanks to a scholarship earned from duPont, Nicole Scherzinger was able to attend Wright State University where she majored in theater arts and minored in dance. While in college, she acted in regional musicals and was able to meet some already-established musicians.
Her start to a music career came when the American rock band, Days of the New hired her as a back-up vocalist. She dropped out of school in 1999 to tour with them. Following an amazing performance on the reality talent show, Popstars, Nicole became part of the band Eden’s Crush. Her growing exploits with the band ended due to financial troubles faced by their label.
The budding singer turned down an invitation from will.i.am to join The Black Eyed Peas as she was more interested in a solo career. However, she would wind up as part of the girl group The Pussycat Dolls which shot her to worldwide recognition thanks to their debut single “Don’t Cha” which was a major international hit.
Despite releasing two albums and lasting for just 4 years from 2005 to 2009, The Pussycat Dolls achieved tremendous success. Their 2009 hiatus was so each group member could focus on their solo careers. Nicole’s solo music career was also successful though short-lived with only two albums released in 2011 and 2014. She has sold at least 16 million records as a solo artist.
Though she was better known for her music, Nicole Scherzinger from 2002 began making regular appearances in films and TV shows. She became more frequent following the PCD break. She voiced roles in Moana (2016) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
Nicole Scherzinger does have multiple sources of income including proceeds from her own fashion and fragrance line. She has endorsed a number of luxury brands including imPress Nails manicure line, Herbal Essences, British Airways, Müller Corner, Proactiv+, Vitabiotics and more. Her role as a TV panelist on shows like The X Factor (UK and US), Bring the Noise among others have been very successful. Add all of that to money from a successful music career and Nicole Scherzinger’s net worth comes up to over $12 million.
Husband, Boyfriend (Grigor Dimitrov)
Despite having had a couple of high-profile romantic relationships, Nicole Scherzinger is yet to walk down the aisle with anyone. The closest she has ever come to tying the knot was in the early 2000s when she was engaged to her then-boyfriend, Nick Hexum, the American singer, songwriter and rapper who is best known as the frontman of the Omaha rock band, 311. Their relationship which began in the year 2000 was broken off in 2004 before they could make it to the aisle.
Coincidentally, Hexum would go on to marry another woman also named Nikki on New Year’s Eve of 2008. They have been blessed with at least two children.
In early 2016, Nicole Scherzinger began dating Bulgarian professional tennis player, Grigor Dimitrov who she is older than by 13 years since he was born in 1991. Dimitrov has made history in his home country as its most successful tennis player ever. He is the only one from Belgium to ever rank in the top 10 ATP Singles.
Dimitrov gave Nicole a lot of credit for helping him clinch the 2017 ATP single title where he beat Germany’s David Goffin in the finals making him the first debutant to win the end of season championship. In his speech after the win, Dimitrov dedicated the title to Nicole.
Before dating Nicole, Dimitrov went into a relationship with Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova which lasted from late 2012 to July 2014. Nicole, on the other hand, also had a high profile relationship around the same period. She dated Formula 1 star, Lewis Hamilton from 2007 to February 2014. The relationship was an on-and-off one giving the tabloids plenty of field days.