Cheryl Cole "hated the circus that the X Factor had become" (but would've returned for £2.8 million)

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole reportedly sent Simon Cowell a "short and brutal" text after talk about this year's X Factor judging mess up become public, saying she was "no one's puppet". The Girls Aloud star was sensationally sacked from the American show after just four shows, with Nicole Scherzinger yesterday taking part in her first audition show.

"Cheryl is very much her own person and she hated the circus that the X Factor had become," a source told The Mirror. "She was annoyed that when the bad news came, Simon did not even have the guts to tell her himself and left it to another executive.

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"But she was even more upset that the discussions over her contract became open season for everyone. It was shoddy to say the least."

Despite the claims it is understood that Cheryl was in talks with ITV to return to the UK show, but that the broadcaster was unprepared to match the £2.8 million fee requested. Simon Cowell said earlier this week: "She was certainly interested as we exchanged a few texts and she asked if she could have my dressing room at the studio and I said ‘of course’.

“Her management even asked for a legal waiver to her contract with the US show allowing her to open discussions with ITV. So we genuinely thought it was going to happen."

However when it all went public Cheryl got cold feet, an insider revealed: "After the reports surfaced at the weekend that Cowell wanted her back, her pals were clamouring to know what was going on.

"Her text response was short and brutal - that she was 'no-one's puppet'. It said it all. And while not mentioning Cowell by name it was clear who she meant."

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