SINGER Cheryl Cole has lashed out at her former manager Louis Walsh claiming the pop svengali had "zero involvement" in promoting her early career.
The former Girls Aloud singer and fellow judge on 'The X Factor' issued a broadside against the Co Mayo impresario, claiming he did little to manage the girl band after they won the ITV1 show 'Pop Stars: The Rivals' in 2002 when Mr Walsh was one of the judges.
Despite managing the band for another four years, she claimed that Mr Walsh did not nurture them.
"We never had management. Louis claimed to be our manager but he never did it," she said in an interview in the current issue of 'Marie Claire' magazine.
"We didn't talk to him or anything like that. He just took a cheque. Literally, we didn't have management. I talk to him because now I get that business is business, and that's how he runs his (business). But he never chose a hit. Who chose them? Us," she said.
She did admit, however, that Mr Walsh's admonishment over the band's weight did lead them to polishing up their image.
"Louis Walsh had come out publicly and said, 'They're all fat. They all need to lose weight'. And the record label sent us all to have training . . . but we were just thinking they were doing us a favour at the time. We were so deluded," she told the magazine.
Mr Walsh refused to comment on the claims by Ms Cole last night.
However, he has uttered unkind words about the 28-year-old pop star in the past, although he recently said that he now considers her a friend.
He even paid homage to her last December when he dressed in drag for a photo shoot for 'Heat' magazine wearing a similar red Grecian dress and beehive hairdo that she sported to the launch of a shoe collection the previous September.
But in an interview with the Irish Independent in December, 2009, Mr Walsh described his time managing Girls Aloud as "a nightmare".
"Girls are high maintenance, it's easier to manage boy bands, less hairspray, less make-up, less baggage," he said.
He also admitted at the time that he and Ms Cole never saw eye to eye when he managed the band.