<p><span></span>On the outside, it seemed that <strong>Jessica Sutta</strong> was living a glamorous life. As part of the Pussycat Dolls, one of the most successful singing groups of all time, she traveled the world, performing in front of thousands of devoted fans. But behind the scenes, exhaustion and infighting were taking their toll. Jessica shares exclusively with <em>Life & Style</em> why she walked away -- and how she found her own voice.<br />
L&S: When did things begin to go wrong?
Jessica: It all started when I was injured on tour [in May 2009]. They decided to send me home, and when I got to LA, I was left to fend for myself. I didn't have a place to stay because I was on tour. Luckily, a girlfriend let me stay with her. I'm lying there, thinking, wow, I'm an international pop star, and I just left this extravagant life, and here I am sleeping on someone's couch.
L&S: Were there other reasons you left?
Jessica: Honestly, I felt like it was time to not live in the shadow of Nicole [Scherzinger, the group's lead singer] anymore. It wasn't a joyful experience. I wasn't feeling like I was growing in the situation. As hard as the decision was, it was something I had to do. Breaking my rib is what sent me over the edge.
L&S: What was it like working with Nicole?
Jessica: Nicole is a star, and she wanted to be treated like one. The Pussycat Dolls were Nicole's world, and everything that Nicole says goes. If you liked a certain top and Nicole liked it too, she would take the top. She's the star. We had to support her in every way. It was Nicole's world, and we were just living in it.
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