Simon Cowell on Cheryl’s US X Factor sacking: 'It wasn't her sitting in that seat. She'd lost her confidence'

Music mogul Cowell said Cheryl had been left without any confidence following the collapse of her marriage to Ashley Cole

Simon Cowell has spoken of the “nightmare” deterioration of his and Cheryl’s relationship in 2011, which followed after she’d “put on a bit of weight” and “lost her confidence”.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was sacked from the US version of X Factor having filmed just one episode after producers claimed that nobody would understand her Geordie accent.

She later sued the creators for loss of earnings, winning an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum and revealed earlier this year that the sacking put her “through hell” and “literally drove [her] mad”.

Simon has now revealed that he realised Cheryl, 31, wasn’t doing okay after her divorce from former husband Ashley Cole left her "unrecognisable".

“When I saw her I didn't recognise her,” he told Radio Times.

 

“Literally. The hair and outfit were crazy. Just totally crazy. I asked her manager, 'What's she wearing, what's happened to her hair?' He was defensive about it. I haven't a clue why she turned up like that,” after she arrived for the first day of filming with bouffant hair, and clad in an orange top and purple trousers.

“She'd put on a bit of weight, but not loads. That wasn't the issue. The only way I can describe it is that it wasn't Cheryl sitting in that seat. She'd lost her confidence.”

Cowell, 54, later dumped the singer from the high profile gig in the US after he felt that something about the show was just “not quite right”.

“We were all wound up. There was so much expectation on the show in America and I definitely wasn't myself. I was uptight.”

He admitted that if he could go back in time he would have kept her on the series and also said that he regrets not firing her personally.

Fernandez-Versini is back on the panel of the UK version of X Factor this year alongside Cowell, airing from 30 August.

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