Sarah Ferguson’s surprising collaboration with Will.i.am revealed

By Zach Harper

Former Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie now isn’t the only Fergie Will.i.am has worked with! On Tuesday (April 2), the pop star appeared on Lorraine on the UK’s ITV where he revealed a surprising musical session with Sarah Ferguson.

“She was like, ‘You should come over to my house for tea,’” he said. “So I went over her house for tea and she said, ‘You know I write poetry?’ I was like, ‘You know what’d be really cool? Is if you recited poetry to some of my music.’”

“I thought it’d be fun because, like, everybody knows me and [ex-Black Eyed Pea] Fergie,” Will.i.am continued. “But to have Fergie, real Fergie, drop some poetry lyricals over my beats?”

But don’t get your hopes up on hearing the Duchess of York and Will.i.am jam – he said the track they recorded was “just for fun” and likely wouldn’t be released anytime soon. Too bad!

It shouldn’t be surprising that Sarah writes poetry – the duchess is an accomplished author. Her titles include: an autobiography (1997’s My Story), several self-help volumes, a series of lifestyle books with Weight Watchers, two books on Queen Victoria and dozens of children’s books, including 2008’s Tea for Ruby, which topped The New York Times bestseller list when it was released. Her Budgie the Little Helicopter children’s books were even spun into a television series in 1994. According to the Daily Mail, Fergie was long rumoured to be writing poetry with UK charity and theatre group Chickenshed.

Sarah with her most recent children’s book, 2012’s Ballerina Rosie. Photo: © James Lemke, Jr./Getty Images

This wasn’t the first time Sarah and Will.i.am spent time together. The pop star told Lorraine that in 2014, Sarah introduced him to her ex-husband Prince Andrew when the two visited the i.am.College Track after-school tutoring centre in Los Angeles. Will.i.am sits on the centre’s steering board, which the Duke of York chairs. The centre provides an extra year of high school education and programming to students from low-income families that are at or below the American poverty line, and works to ensure they gain admission to college and university, according to the website for Will.i.am’s I.Am.Angel Foundation.

“She is amazing,” Will.i.am told Lorraine about Sarah’s visit to the school. “To come and spend some time with the kids who go to my school… For her to come there and encourage them and root them on… We didn’t want it to be like a press thing. I want to impress my students. Not everything is about press. Some people need to be impressed and mentored.”

Of course, Sarah’s bond with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, is well-documented, so we aren't surprised to hear the mom-of-two encouraged Will.i.am’s students!

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