Cheryl Cole is understood to have turned down a £2.5 million deal to return to The X Factor here in the UK, saying she doesn't want the money. According to The People, Cheryl Cole turned down the ridiculous offer from Simon Cowell, telling him: "No, I’ve been treated so badly."
Cheryl was originally offered her first fee of around £575,000, this however increased to £880,000 and to £1.2 million. Cheryl reportedly demanded double pay to return but despite being offered a whopping £2.5 million still turned it down.
Cheryl said: "I now need to decide what I want to do with my future. I will make the decision based on what's best for me personally. I don't care about the money. I feel like I've been through so much over the last two years and maybe some time out will be good for me.
"A big part of me just wants to disappear. I love my family and friends. I'll be OK without working for a while. X Factor isn't my world. It's not the be all or end all of my career, and I have no desire to keep trying to break America. I actually like the fact I'm not that well-known over there and I can live more of a normal life when I'm there."
However a well-placed source in Simon Cowell's camp said Cole was acting like a sulky child. “She’s been told to grow up," the insider said. “It’s tough, but we start filming the UK programme on Wednesday. No one is bigger than the show, that’s what she has to realise. If Cheryl doesn’t want to do it we’ll just go on without her.
“It’s very worrying that she’s refusing to engage with us. We need a dialogue but she won’t answer the phone. Cheryl needs to call us. She needs to call home.”
The X Factor 2011 auditions start in Birmingham on Wednesday.