It’s a status that’s certainly impressed the other main man in Fergie’s life: her husband, Transformers actor Josh Duhamel, whom she married just months before becoming a ’Fins owner. For his part, she says, Duhamel—who was a football college quarterback and an avowed Minnesota Vikings fan—agreed to add his allegiance to the team. “We made a pact that the Dolphins had to be his second favorite team and the Vikings had to be mine,” she laughs, insisting that despite their passionate loyalties, they never let any sports rivalries get out of hand. “The good thing is the Vikings and the Dolphins aren’t really rivals, so it doesn’t cause much conflict.” Their shared love of athletics, she explains, is a “pretty great” part of their relationship. “We’re definitely compatible in that way. SportsCenter is always on at the house. Football Sundays are very important, and basketball season, too, because we’re both Lakers fans.”

A Break from the Band
The singer has another reason to be excited about an upcoming visit to South Florida with the bandmates she calls her brothers: “A final concert before we go on our big hiatus,” she says, “that everyone assumes that we’re on right now. We’re not.” She’s talking about the Black Eyed Peas’ final stop before taking an extended, indefinite break (but not breakup) from the intense schedule of recording and touring that has filled the last several years. The group’s last show will be at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, and Fergie says she can’t think of a better place to close out the latest party-hardy phase of the Peas. “Miami’s a party place; we’re a party group. It’s the perfect audience. People in Miami love to live life, and the Black Eyed Peas—that’s what we’re all about. And it’ll be a beautiful celebration of all the work we’ve put into all these years.”

The band, she says, is ready for a long breather after a relentless period of nearly nonstop performances, particularly over the last two years, and the juggernaut success of its last album, The Beginning. “We worked really hard,” says Fergie. “There were days where we weren’t sleeping and were doing numbers of shows per day, and it was just go big or go home. We were just all hungry for it, and doing it together.” That group unity, she says, kept each individual member’s momentum going. “If somebody had a bad day, we had the others to hold each other up. We went through so many unique experiences together that it’s really a beautiful thing…. I choked up just the other night at Central Park when we did that show. These are great celebrations of our friendship, and we know it’s going to be a while before this happens again, so we’re just taking it in right now and just really enjoying each moment.”

Yet Fergie makes it clear that she’s more than ready for her upcoming vacation. “[I won’t miss] sleeping in different hotel rooms all the time. I want to be home, because I moved into my house but I haven’t really been able to decorate it fully— just going to museums, going to art galleries, picking out art, things like that that I haven’t been able to do lately. I’ll be excited to be in my own bed at night.”

Except, of course, for some traveling to treat her very, very pleased dad to a few ’Fins games in the owner’s box. “It’s just such an icing on the cake,” she says. “I mean, it’s good enough that we both could go watch the games together, but to really feel part of the team like that—it’s a beautiful feeling, and it’s a beautiful bond.”

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