"I'm not going to be because I'm going on tour," Fergie says about hitting the road with the Black Eyed Peas in support of their new upcoming album, The E.N.D. "I wouldn't want to do that to the poor child."
I caught up with Fergie yesterday as she toured Project Angel Food as part of her stint as M.A.C. Cosmetics' new Viva Glam girl. She also stars in a new ad campaign for the Viva Glam VI lipstick benefiting the 15-year-old M.A.C. AIDS Fund. "They really are doing their jobs and really getting to the people and that's what's important," she says of the Fund. "Their money is actually going to where it needs to go."
Read on for more Fergie and what she has to say about staying thin in Hollywood, Will.i.am's close ties to Prez Obama and, of course, her work in the fight against AIDS.
Back at my office, we see so many paparazzi shots of you working out and running all the time. Are you training for a marathon or something?
At first I would just stay in and wouldn't go outside [because of the paparazzi], but I would start getting bored with the treadmill and I like to hike outside. I'm not going to let them rule my life…For me it's not about being thin. For me it's about being in shape and being healthy. I have to have stamina onstage or I lose my breath very easily.
So when is will.i.am getting the Peas to perform at the White House?
I would love to!
I thought Will was going to get a cabinet position with Obama.
I would joke around before they announced Joe Biden, "So Will, did you get your nomination for vice president yet?"
What's your big goal you want to achieve by working with Viva Glam and the M.A.C. AIDS Fund?
When AIDS first came on the scene, people were initially in a state of fright and everyone was so careful. What's important now in what I'm trying to do is to keep it on people's radar. People are careless. You're playing with fire. I try to bring that home. People don't have that scare anymore. We have to let people know that it is still fatal, there's no cure and that it is still real.