Cheryl has lost her X Factor
Her arrogance and contempt for the public have come full circle, writes Eilis O'Hanlon
As a great philosopher once said, whiners are wieners. It would be advice well heeded by Cheryl Cole, who has become decidedly sulky in recent months as the world cruelly failed to live up to her expectations.
In her case, the rot started to set in during the last series of The X Factor, when her existential disinterest in mentoring her young acts was so apparent to viewers that she quickly found herself losing the tag of Britain's Sweetheart, which she had spent the previous few years cultivating to great financial advantage.
In retrospect, it's clear that Cole's sights had been lifted to the dizzying heights of Hollywood, where global superstardom beckoned under Simon Cowell's wing. Only it didn't quite work out that way, which is when she set the phasers to strop in revenge.