X Factor winner Leona Lewis takes a pop at Simon Cowell on new album
Leona Lewis has been purging her feelings about Simon Cowell on her new album, according to reports.
The X Factor star won the competition in 2006 and immediately signed to Simon's label Syco where she stayed for seven years.
However, she departed in June last year and singed to rival Island Records and has since revealed her true feelings about Syco.
The Sun reports that the debut track Fire from her upcoming fifth studio album is about her time at Syco and on the track she says she felt she was "drowning in quicksand" and that "no one's got my hand".
Leona appeared an an album preview launch in London last night and thanked her new label for allowing her to be "honest".
"Thank you for allowing me to make an honest and genuine album and show the real me," she said.
She added, "I'm set free, I begin to spread my wings. I'm happy and I've earned this."
Last year she told fans in an open letter that when she told her label she wanted to leave she was told the public would be told she was dropped.
She said she finally decided to leave because of creative differences over her fifth album.
"I was asked to make a record that would not have been true to myself," she wrote.
"By all means as an artist in this climate, I was thankful to even get the chance to make another record.
"But I cannot make music that does not speak to my soul, and as scary as it seemed, I could no longer compromise myself, and so I decided to leave."