Cheryl Cole's mum has told pals that Girls aloud singer Cheryl doesn't want to become Simon Cowell's "new Sinitta", hanging on to the music mogul's coattails. According to The Sun, the Geordie singer is now determined on carving out a career without help from The X Factor boss.
Cheryl's mum Joan told a friend: "She was terrified Simon had become her puppet master and she was being turned into his new Sinitta - Simon's little pet.
"She is determined to carve out a career without him. He'll have to come up with something special for them to even speak again."
Cheryl has found herself in a sticky position at the moment after being axed from The X Factor in the states and being snubbed by ITV for a return to the UK version of the show.
A source said: "Simon made Cheryl a UK superstar. She became the nation's sweetheart. But after he dumped her in the US, she decided to make a stand to show she's not a needy puppy."
Meanwhile an insider added that things were no longer rosy between Cheryl and The X Factor here in the UK. "Cheryl has been friends for years with the X Factor team," a source told the newspaper.
They continued: "Her new management advised her to stay out of it and let them do the talking. But it backfired as the American attitude to negotiations is about money, not remaining friends. Things are tense. Now she just needs a break."
The X Factor 2011 UK auditions start in Birmingham today with Cheryl's new replacement Tulisa Contostavlos from hip-hop group N-dubz. The singer will be joined by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh on the show.