X FACTOR boss Simon Cowell has finally ended his two-month dispute with Cheryl Cole -- by text message.
The pop mogul sent the Girls Aloud star a text this week which said: "Friends again? X."
Cheryl (28), who has not been speaking to Cowell (52) since she was unceremoniously dumped from the US version of The X Factor, sent an equally brief reply: "You've got a nerve!...x."
The pair shared a phone conversation 20 minutes later, during which they are believed to have ended their two-month bitter feud.
Cheryl is now preparing to gear up for a new BBC reality show, which will see her joining a host of A-listers, including Adele, Christine Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. The decision to replace Cheryl as a judge on the US X Factor with Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger caused a major rift between former best friends Cole and Cowell.
Cowell then made a desperate attempt to reinstall Cheryl as a judge on the British version -- alongside Louis Walsh -- but she snubbed his offers. Instead the job went to N-Dubz frontwoman Tulisa Contostavlos.
But after the mid-week reconciliation, Cheryl is expected to meet LA-based Cowell to discuss their working relationship.
Cowell this week admitted that he was "probably wrong" in his decision but blamed the media storm that followed for the fallout.
"I worked with her for years in the UK, and she was sensational," he said. "We shot a couple of days, and I just had a feeling -- and I was probably wrong -- and I think she would disagree with this. And I thought she would be more comfortable on the UK show, and we spoke to her.
"Initially she agreed to it, and we were way into a negotiation.
"And it all went public and it all went horribly wrong. And she was offered to come back to the show. And she didn't want to go on that. It was one of those decisions you have to make as a producer."
Mutual friend Louis Walsh (58) had earlier predicted that Cowell would apologise to Cheryl.