[artist id="1841713"]Pussycat Doll[/artist] Melody Thornton quashed rumors that the group is breaking up
a couple of months back, saying they're just "taking a break," and group founder Robin Antin issued a statement along the same lines last month.
However, Antin told MTV News on Wednesday (December 16) that when the girls do return from their hiatus, there will be some "new faces" joining frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger.
Antin repeated that the group is not breaking up. "There's all these crazy rumors: Are the Pussycat Dolls breaking up? Everyone asks me," she said while promoting "Robin Antin's Pussycat Dolls Workout" DVD. "And the answer is no. The Pussycat Dolls are not at all breaking up. I'm the creator of the Pussycat Dolls and I own the brand. I'm the first one; I would be the one to say, 'OK, it's over.' It's so not."
As for the group's lineup, she said, "Nicole is going back in the studio. We're working on new music right now. There will be a few new faces in the Pussycat Dolls. I've been really putting that out there. I'm really excited about it. Inside every girl, inside every woman, is a Pussycat Doll and I always want to bring in new faces to really show there are so many Pussycat Dolls out there. It isn't about one forever. So I'm excited about that."
She didn't reveal who might be leaving, saying, "It's Nicole and a few ... a couple new faces. Some of the girls want to go and do their own thing. We're moving on. We're excited. We're looking at new girls. It's phase three of the Pussycat Dolls because we did our first album, our second album and now we're going on to our third. We're touring ... a lot is coming up."
Antin said she stands behind all the members of the group, past and present, "100 million percent," noting that she loves them regardless of their current status with the group. "Nicole, right now, she has been the face of the Pussycat Dolls," she said. "And she loves it. She's here and she's with us. She's so talented. So amazing. I'm really happy about that. So, it's a lot to look forward to."