Nicole Scherzinger believes she 'gave the world One Direction' and should get a share of their profits
Move over Simon Cowell: Former Pussycat Doll "seriously" can't understand why she doesn't get a cut of the cake- after all, the idea for the band was hers.
The American singer was one of the judges on The X Factor panel the year the hugely successful boy band had their big break.
Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan all failed to get through as solo artists, but were then formed into a band - and Nicole claims the move was her idea.
She has now joked about how strange it is to see them dominating the pop charts globally.
"I'm happy for their success. I can't believe I put together the group and then I'm at Walmart buying One Direction bags for my nieces. Like, something is wrong with this picture!" she laughed to Heat magazine.
"Can you guys please send me a box of One Direction goodies? Somebody help me out here. Not only do I not get a cut, but now I'm buying bags for my nieces, with the boys' faces on it. I was like, 'What?'... Where's my cut? Seriously? I'm a giver, what can I say? I gave the world One Direction."
There has been constant speculation about when they will wed, with Lewis (29) even speaking out to deny they are engaged.
She may not have a ring on her finger, but Nicole (36) already has an idea about the kind of wedding she'll have.
"No, but I could definitely hear it at the club," she replied, when asked if she'd play one of her tracks on her big day. "It was really cute the other day when I was doing sculpt yoga and one of my songs came on, but not at my wedding. No, I couldn't take it seriously."
The star isn't against others using her music to mark their love for each other though.
Recently a member of her family tied the knot and Nicole was only too happy to bust out a song for them.
"It's so funny, because my cousin got married the other day and I went to New Orleans for his wedding and they were like, 'Come, Nicole, you've gotta sing!' So I got up there and was supposed to be singing a three-minute version of my song and it ended up being a 15-minute dance-off," she explained.
"I don't know how that happened, but they loved it. I was like, 'I should be getting paid for this!'"