Nicole Scherzinger is inspired by Sam Smith's album.

The 36-year-old singer has revealed listening to the 'Stay With Me' hitmaker stimulated her to get emotionally raw on her upcoming album because she was incredibly moved by his heartbreaking lyrics and emotive voice on his hit record 'In the Lonely Hour'.

She said: ''He did a spectacular job of cutting straight to the heartstrings. I had many dates with the album on and a glass of wine. There's this unbelievable cry but strength at the same time. That's what I'm aiming for.''

The 'Your Love' singer's new album will feature plenty of songs about love and heartbreak, which she thinks her female fans will find relatable.

She explained: ''This album is about the women I am, the women I'm not and the woman I want to be. There's a lot of stuff on my album girls can relate to. You gotta be in the slums and have a broken heart, that's when music transports you and heals.''

But Nicole insists her songs about heartbreak aren't a reflection on her relationship with Lewis Hamilton.

She told the Daily Star newspaper: ''I'm an artist, he doesn't come into it. I'm sure if he heard some of the music he would be able to relate to it as anybody would.''