Former X Factor colleagues Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have reportedly met up in private and made amends after the drama on The X Factor USA. According to Reveal magazine this week, the pair decided to finally talk face to face over Cheryl's exit from the American version of the show.
It was reported earlier this month that the pair had spoken by text, but Cheryl was demanding a 'proper apology' from the music mogul over what happened on the hit reality series.
“Simon contacted her and said: ‘You owe it to yourself and your career to sort this out’,” a source told Closer magazine last week.
“She replied saying she was still feeling wounded and betrayed, but then she came round, saying: ‘OK, I’ll meet you – but I want an apology’.”
And this week the duo finally sorted out their differences. "They were both on the French Riviera and it seemed silly to be so near each other and not meet up," a source revealed.
"They hadn't spoken since everything kicked off - except through texts. Both of them felt it was time to get everything out in the open."
Cheryl was supposedly axed from the show by FOX bosses back in May, although Simon maintains that he simply felt the Geordie singer would be "more comfortable" back on the UK version of the singing talent contest.
Speaking a press conference about the new US programme, Simon revealed that Cheryl had initially agreed to return, but backed out when news of her departure from the American series leaked to the press.
"He felt really guilty about Cheryl and how it turned out," the source continued. "And Cheryl has missed having Simon to talk to. He has helped guide her career, and without her mentor she feels a bit lost."
Insiders said the meeting went well, with the pair acting as if the fallout had never happened.
"I think when you have the history we have, you'll eventually work it out," Simon said.
Cheryl will be introduced as a guest judge when The X Factor USA premieres on September 21.