Nicole Scherzinger has opened up about her split from Formula One star Lewis Hamilton, but says she finds single life "liberating".

The 35-year-old singer and X Factor judge told The Sun's Fabulous magazine: "It's been a hard year but through the heartache it's been liberating. I'm loving seeing life through these eyes."

She continued: "People lose themselves to relationships. You're living for another person, putting so much in that you have to take a step back. Do things for yourself. Think for yourself. When you're whole, that's when you can be in a relationship."

Scherzinger also addressed rumours that the couple split because she wasn't ready to start a family, but Hamilton was.

She said: "That's hogwash. I definitely want kids – but not for a few years. I'm a career girl, I can't help it.  But my kids are going to be raised by me, the way my mom raised me. So I need to get my stuff out – albums, world tours, movies – and then try to do that."