The Daily Mail today reports that Simon Cowell says that he still hasn’t spoken to Cheryl Cole since she was famously ditched from The X Factor USA.
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They became exceptionally close working together on the X Factor, but after she was kicked off the U.S. version of the show, it was safe to assume the relationship between Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole has broken down.
But after considerable speculation over the status of their friendship Simon Cowell has revealed that the pair have not spoken since Cheryl was booted off the U.S. panel in May.
The X Factor boss has told Life & Style Weekly: ‘No (I haven’t spoken with Cheryl); we have texted.’
He added: ‘I am sorry the way it worked out as we were incredibly close.’
‘Trying to get her to understand what I did, it was never meant to be negative. It was a decision I thought was the right one, and I think she is more comfortable in England than I saw her here.’
He also admitted that his decision to replace Cheryl with Nicole Scherzinger might have been rash.
Simon said: ‘Maybe I didn’t give her enough time, and you have to be in the moment.’
He explained: ‘I offered her the show, and initially she accepted it. Then it went public that she didn’t and had the chance to still come back, but for whatever reason I couldn’t get her (on the phone). Unless I spoke to her, there was no way I would have her back.’
Cheryl was confirmed as a judge on the inaugural series of the talent show in the states on May 5 after months of speculation.
The singer, 28, joined L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul, who held up the first day of auditions with last-minute contract negotiations as well as the X Factor mogul himself Simon.
But after just a few awkward days into the role it was announced that Cheryl was being booted off the show and TV bosses quickly drafted into former Pussycat Doll Nicole, who was initially set to co-host the show with Steve Jones, to fill the vacant judge’s seat.
It was reported that Simon offered Cheryl a role on the U.K. version of the X Factor with an reported £2.5million salary, but it seemed that the former Girls Aloud singer wouldn’t answer Simon’s calls.
At the time a source close to the singer said: ‘Cheryl trusted him (Simon) implicitly and she doesn’t do that with many people.’
‘He made a mockery of their friendship so now it’s dead in the water.’
Yet it appears that despite the drama of recent months Simon is hopeful he will be able to repair their relationship.
He told Life &Style: ‘She is still grumpy with me. I can look myself in the mirror and say I wasn’t being mean. I offered her a lot of money to go back as a hero, and it didn’t work out.’
He added: ‘I think when you have the history we have, you’ll eventually work it out.’
Cheryl has, understandably, been keeping a low profile after three women came forward claiming they had recently bedded her ex-husband Ashley Cole, while he was trying to woo her back.
But the singer certainly hasn’t been moping about at home and yesterday Black Eyed Peas singer will.I.am tweeted a picture of himself and Cheryl partying in Cannes.
The Black Eyed Peas star wrote: ‘Its me and the “Tweety Nird” in Cannes, France… Me and Cheryl Cole in the south of France having fun.’
The following morning, he corrected himself: ‘My last tweet I had a typo. I put “tweedy nird” but meant “tweedy bird”. B and N are close…ooops.’
Simon is also currently in the South of France and Saint aboard a luxury yacht in Laurent du Var.
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