- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Although Fergie has a list of things she wants to tackle during her long-awaited hiatus from the Black Eyed Peas, being a judge on Simon Cowell’s upcoming “X-Factor” show isn’t one of them.

Recently there were reports that Cowell was considering the powerhouse singer for the Fox talent competition, which is due to debut in September. But in a recent interview, Fergie eliminated herself from contention.

“You know what? I think that it’s a very committed job that you have to put your time into and I don’t think I’m gonna have that much time, but I love Simon and I would love to do something like that,” she said. “It’s right down my alley, but I just don’t think I have enough time to give and I would want to give everything to those contestants.”

Fergie is still touring with her Peas counterparts, but plans to wind things down. The group has been in overdrive. They’ve produced two albums since 2009 _ “The E.N.D.” and “The Beginning” _ sold out arenas worldwide, and performed at this year’s Super Bowl.

Just the idea of another Black Eyed Peas album _ which had been rumored _ sent Fergie into denial mode.

“No _ I am so excited to take a break. The guys know that I’ve been waiting and it’s time and it’s exciting. We’ve had such a great run together and we’re still touring this year, just less, more selective and we’re not working (on an album). Unless they’re doing one without me,” she laughed.

The 36-year-old singer already has plans for her time off from the Peas.

“I’m gonna get more into my charities. Charity work. I’m excited to do more of that. Give back, make it not so much about me, me, me, me, me,” she said in an interview last week. “And having some free time. I have a football team that I’m a limited owner of, the Miami Dolphins, and I want to go to a game.”

While she no plans to follow up her multiplatinum 2006 album, “The Dutchess,” she’s working on expanding her Fergie shoe line, which made its debut at Macy’s last week.

“Seeing the line progress has been wonderful for me because I get to see how things get tweaked. I get to see the different use of materials and these are all things that I’m learning. You know, I wasn’t trying to come into this and say I’m Christian Louboutin. You know this is a venture for me to express my creativity and to learn,” she said.

Fergie launched her Fergie Footwear shoe line with Brown Shoe Co. Inc. two years ago, and it’s starting to get wider traction in major stores. She also had the fragrance Outspoken with Avon and is launching Outspoken Intense with the cosmetics company in July.

Could a clothing line be next?

“Maybe. Maybe. Like I said, I’m getting more into this whole process and devoting more time to it,” she said. “It’s a new chapter in my life, so I’m looking forward to it whatever it may bring.”




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