It’s all out war. Just weeks ago Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole enjoyed a ‘special’ celebrity relationship and a genuine personal friendship. But now the high profile pair are at loggerheads professionally and their friendship may never recover from her public humiliation on the US X Factor.
After her sacking from the show, Cheryl refused to return calls from TV producers asking her to return to the UK X Factor. Now Simon Cowell’s people claim that she wanted £2.5m to sit on the panel again.
Cheryl’s new manager William Adams, better known as the pop star Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, is said to have made the demand of Cowell’s Syco production and ITV at the weekend. Her friends say that Cowell expected her to gratefully scamper back to the UK when she was axed from the US version of the show before it was even screened.
Cheryl is understood to be furious that her planned entry to the US market ended after just two weeks when executives said her Geordie accent was too difficult to understand and she never developed the necessary screen chemistry with fellow judge Paula Abdul.
She had agreed a £1.2m fee for participation in the show and it was unclear today whether she would receive the full amount.
It was confirmed yesterday that Tulisa Contostavlos, from pop band N-Dubz, would sit alongside Louis Walsh, U.S. pop star Kelly Rowland and Take That singer Gary Barlow on the judging panel of the UK show. No mention was made of Girls Aloud singer Cheryl.
Westlife manager Louis Walsh last night claimed he tried -- but failed -- to get her back on to the UK version of the 'X Factor'.
Speaking after it was confirmed he will be the only surviving panelist from the last series, he said he was "always quietly confident" he would return as a judge.