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8 August 2012, 11:23
The X Factor UK judge opens up about her romance with Formula One star in candid new interview.
Nicole Scherzinger has opened up about her relationship to Formula One star Lewis Hamtilon.
The former Pussycat Dolls singer and The X Factor UK judge said the couple, whose relationship has been rumoured to be on the rocks recently, were "kindred spirits".
"You have to love yourself first before you can expect it from someone else. And trust and communication are key," she said.
"Me and Lewis are from similar upbringings, so we share a similar outlook. We're kindred spirits and hearts – that's what ultimately connects us."
She continued: "Ultimately, you want to be with someone you can be yourself around. My grandma taught me the person you want to be with isn't going to be Prince Charming – it's going to be the person you're going to be able to work on a relationship with. It's always a work in progress, like everything."
Nicole Scherzinger poses for a photo shoot with Cosmopolitan magazine:
While Nicole said she liked to be her own woman, the singer also admitted that she enjoyed nurturing her boyfriend.
"I definitely have that tradition in me where I want to take care of my guy. I saw how much my mum enjoyed taking care of her family and I have that nurturing gene," she told Cosmopolitan.
"But you need balance. I work hard and I'm an independent woman. It's important to be in control."
Nicole makes her return to the UK later this month when she joins Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh as a judge on the new series of The X Factor.
The full interview appears in the September issue of British Cosmopolitan, on sale 9th August.