Former Pussycat Dolls star Jessica Sutta says she quit the award-winning burlesque troupe because she was left penniless and sleeping on a pal’s sofa after breaking a rib on tour last summer. In a series of interviews this week, Sutta — who was with the “Don’t ‘Cha” hitmakers for 7 years before her injury — describes Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger as a tyrant in designer shoes, who made life Hell for her calvary of bandmates.
In an exclusive interview with the Feb. 7 issue of Life & Style Magazine, Sutta says:
L&S: When did things begin to go wrong?
Jessica: It all started when I was injured on tour [in May 2009]. They decided to send me home, and when I got to LA, I was left to fend for myself. I didn’t have a place to stay because I was on tour. Luckily, a girlfriend let me stay with her. I’m lying there, thinking, wow, I’m an international pop star, and I just left this extravagant life, and here I am sleeping on someone’s couch.
L&S: Were there other reasons you left?
Jessica: Honestly, I felt like it was time to not live in the shadow of Nicole [Scherzinger, the group’s lead singer] anymore. It wasn’t a joyful experience. I wasn’t feeling like I was growing in the situation. As hard as the decision was, it was something I had to do. Breaking my rib is what sent me over the edge.
L&S: What was it like working with Nicole?
Jessica: Nicole is a star, and she wanted to be treated like one. The Pussycat Dolls were Nicole’s world, and everything that Nicole says goes. If you liked a certain top and Nicole liked it too, she would take the top. She’s the star. We had to support her in every way. It was Nicole’s world, and we were just living in it.