X Factor: Steve Brookstein hits back at Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2012)

Former X Factor winner Steve Brookstein has hit back at Simon Cowell after the music mogul branded him "horrible, ungrateful and totally selfish" this morning.

Steve, who won the first ever series of the show back in 2004, took to Twitter to blast the X Factor boss.

Simon said this week that Steve was the "worst person" he has ever dealt with on the show, adding: "He just wouldn’t listen."

But writing online, Steve said: "There was a time when I would go into a depression reading negative stories about me. Now I just laugh uncontrollably and my eye twitches.

"If turning down the advances of your sloppy seconds on Final night makes me 'ungrateful' then so be it.

"If turning down the chance to record a second album of covers makes me 'ungrateful' so be it."

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