Despite her X Factor USA snub, Cheryl Cole is still set on cracking the States, with or without Simon Cowell's help! According to the Daily Star, Cheryl has been holding "secret meetings" with Usher in LA this week as she works on her third album, due out later this year.
The Geordie singer is said to be moving on from The X Factor and focusing on her music, after going solo in 2009.
A source told the tabloid: “Cheryl was sat deep in conversation with a man at the bar in her usual hotel, the Sunset Marquis in Hollywood.
“We couldn’t believe it when he turned around and it was Usher. The pair were locked in chats for a long while, making notes and talking about music.
“Both looked really comfortable in each other’s company but appeared to be working hard on a secret project.
“Usher was surrounded by his entourage while perched at the terrace bar but he soon ditched his crew to go and sit in private with Cheryl."
The spy added: “He was flirting with her but this is Usher – he’s known for being a smooth ladies’ man.”
And Cheryl was so happy about bumping into the R&B star - she couldn't help but rub in her ex-husband's face!
“Cheryl took a photo of the pair of them on her phone,” the source explained. “She then texted the photo to her ex-husband Ashley, who’s apparently a big Usher fan.”
Will.i.am, who manages Cheryl, said: “Over the next few months she’s potentially going to be working with artists like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Usher and, of course, the Peas.”
It was reported yesterday that Cheryl had re-recorded Cher Lloyd's song with Will.i.am for her third solo record.