Black Eyed Peas star WILL.I.AM convinced British singer CHERYL COLE to go solo and take a break from pop band Girls Aloud.
Cole teamed up with the rapper last year (08), providing vocals for his single Heartbreaker and appearing in the video as a dancer.
And it was after collaborating with the hip-hop star that the sexy singer decided to tackle the pop charts on her own.
She says, "He inspired me to go solo."
The pair has since reunited in the studio and will.i.am has returned the favour, contributing a track to Cole's debut solo album, 3 Words.
She adds, "I wanted to work with will.i.am, which I did, and that's the next single, so that's amazing."