The love-in between Will.i.am and Cheryl Cole has reached new heights -- or, depending on your point of view, depths -- with the Black Eyed Peas mainman claiming that the Geordie singer and talent show judge would have duetted with Michael Jackson if he hadn't died.
The Sun reports that Will.i.am did his best to convince the late 'King Of Pop' of Cheryl Cole's talents. He said: "I told him Cheryl was the hottest thing in the UK and could sing and dance -- basically, she was the complete package. He would have worked with her, no doubt, and it would have been something special."
He continued: "They are both total perfectionists when it comes to their work so it would have been something really big. It's just a shame it can never happen now."
Quite so. Yet despite this major setback, Will.i.am reckons that plenty of other big names are just itching to get into the studio with the pop princess.
"There are still lots of great artists waiting to work with Cheryl when she gets over to the US -- the Peas, Justin Bieber and Usher," he said.
What with Simon Cowell hoping to take Cole over to the US as a judge for the American version of 'X Factor', one wonders where Cheryl will find the time to work with such esteemed pop stars?