Fergie’s husband/actor, Josh Duhamel has allegedly urged her to ditch the Black Eyed Peas for a solo career and take off Will.I.Am from her forthcoming second solo album. This comes amidst claims that the singer is struggling with her self-esteem.

According to RadarOnline, "Josh is pushing hard for Fergie to make a much cleaner and clearer break from The Black Eyed Peas so she can re-invent herself as a solo artist without the looming spectre of Will.I.Am influencing every creative decision she makes.' The hunky actor is reportedly adamant he’ll boost her confidence when she goes singly.

The 38 year old singer and mother of one [4 months old  son, Axl], took a break from the Black Eyed Peas in 2006 to release The Duchess and is allegedly working on a follow up. Fergie told In Touch Magazine recently: 'I'm still trying to find my footing and balance it all. I think all new moms can relate to that.'

The source explained: "Josh is her biggest fan and he's getting a lot more assertive and interested in Fergie's business. She had recently told reporters that Will.i.Am would be handling the production of her second solo release, but it is now believed she is beginning to side with Josh.