Nicole Scherzinger sizzles in animal print bikini in exotic throwback snap

She shared a picture of herself and boyfriend Thom Evans as they posed against a wintry backdrop in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee last week.

But Nicole Scherzinger, 43, raised the temperature with a new Instagram post on Wednesday as she sizzled in a throwback bikini holiday snap, writing: ‘Good days on my mind.’

The snaps come after she posted a cryptic message to her fans on Monday amid the Pussycat Dolls tour cancellation which saw her bandmates Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta claim they had no knowledge of the axe until Nicole announced it on social media.

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She’s on fire: Nicole Scherzinger, 43, raised the temperature with a new Instagram post on Wednesday as she sizzled in a throwback holiday snap while wearing an animal print bikini

However, the former X Factor judge cast any pop group tensions aside as she reminisced about her past vacation on Wednesday.

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The star showed off her fit physique in the images, with her impressively flat stomach on show as she stood to the side.

Nicole posed up a storm as the azure waves gently lapped the golden sand behind her, with the performer closing her eyes in one photo as she basked in the bright sunshine.

Playful: The star showed off her fit physique in the images, glancing back over her shoulder as she posed on the beach

The hitmaker put on a glamorous display, opting for lashings of make-up to highlight her pretty facial features, including a bold red lip.

Nicole enjoyed six lavish holidays last year with her rugby player partner Thom, 36, with the pair jetting out to Dubai to see off 2021.

But 2022 got off to a rocky start for the musician and her bandmates after the cancellation of the Pussycat Dolls tour.

Bliss: The azure waves gently lapped the golden sand behind her, with the performer closing her eyes in one photo as she basked in the bright sunshine

On Monday, Nicole shared an Instagram video of herself on vacation as she headed out to sea on a jetski while wearing a tiny bikini.

She wrote: ‘It’s motivational Monday y’all, stay focused and stay positive. Call someone and tell them you love them. Let go of things you can’t control. You got this!

‘Stay on course. Believe. #MotivationMonday.’   

Cryptic: Nicole posted a motivational message to her fans on Monday amid the Pussycat Dolls tour cancellation which saw two bandmates claim they had no knowledge of the plans

The post came after fellow Pussycat Dolls band members Carmit and Jessica claimed Nicole had not contacted them about the tour cancellation before she posted the news online. 

The singers, 47, and 39 respectively, shared a joint statement on Saturday in which they said they only found out after seeing Nicole’s Instagram post about the cancellation.

On Friday night, Nicole said their planned tour dates wouldn’t go ahead due to the ‘ever-evolving circumstances surrounding the pandemic’.  

Jessica and Carmit then hit out in a statement that read: ‘We want to say how incredibly disappointed we are to learn of an announcement made on Instagram that the Pussycat Dolls reunion tour is canceled… As of now, there has been no official notification of that. 

Hitting out: The Pussycat Dolls’ Carmit Bachar (2L) and Jessica Sutta (2R) have claimed that they weren’t told about the cancellation of the band’s reunion tour

Having their say: Jessica (left) and Carmit (right) hit out in a statement that read: ‘We want to say how incredibly disappointed we are to learn of an announcement made on Instagram that the Pussycat Dolls reunion tour is cancelled’

‘Either way, it seems as though it’s the end of a chapter to an incredible, life altering experience filled with some awesome memories that we will forever be grateful for.

‘To the fans, we love you. Trust us, this is not the outcome we had hoped for. We wanted it as much as you because we appreciate you all so much and it hurts our hearts you had to wait so long for an answer, but unfortunately it’s out of our control.’

They continued: ‘We all had big dreams for this band to expand especially creating the music so all our voices could be heard, which would be true female empowerment. Thank you to all the fans that supported us unconditionally and love us to no end.’

They wrote in the statement: ‘To the fans, we love you. Trust us, this is not the outcome we had hoped for’

‘We will always honour the essence of what the true definition of being a true Pussycat Doll is. This tour may have come to an end but it is not the end of the Dolls story. We created a sisterhood that will live on.’

MailOnline contacted a representative for the band for comment.  

Robin Antin, who founded The Pussycat Dolls, also shared a separate statement on social media.

Bad news: On Friday night, Nicole said their planned tour dates wouldn’t go ahead due to the ‘ever-evolving circumstances surrounding the pandemic’ 

The 60-year-old wrote: ‘All of us have made personal & financial sacrifices, but that’s what it takes to be a team player in a ‘BAND’. Let’s not forget there are 5 other members of this group who I care for deeply, who deserve to be heard.’

‘There are truths to this situation, I just hope one day they see the light,’ she added.

The band’s two other members, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt, are yet to comment on the situation.

Winter vacation: Nicole put on a cosy display with boyfriend Thom Evans, 36, as the pair posed in a wintry location while in Tennessee last week