Fergie shares a flirty moment with Nelson Mandela

US-singer Fergie performs with her band Black Eyed Pea's at the opening concert for the soccer World Cup at Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, June 10, 2010. The Soccer World Cup kicks off on Friday, June 11. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

June 10, 2010 7:33:54 PM PDT
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas discovered she has a not-so-secret admirer in South Africa: Nelson Mandela.

The band met with the legendary civil rights leader while visiting the country to perform at the World Cup kickoff concert, and Fergie says Mandela flirted with her.

The 35-year-old singer said "it was one of the best moments of my life." She also acknowledged flirting back with the 91-year-old former president.

Fergie and her band mates said they were moved to see so many nations coming together to celebrate the soccer tournament.

Apartheid was not all that distant, she said, noting that "20 years ago this would not have been possible in South Africa."

The World Cup begins Friday.