Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has reportedly turned down a £2.5 million deal to return to the show this year, telling pals she's never going back.
The Girls Aloud singer tweeted yesterday that the show was in her past, despite pal and current judge Louis Walsh revealing he wanted her back
According to the Daily Mirror, Cheryl didn't take long deciding whether or not to return this summer.
"Cheryl’s no pushover and she does not want people to think she will go running back to X Factor after the way she was treated by Cowell," a source tells the newspaper. “She is a strong girl and is moving on. She was dumped from X Factor USA and she’s made up her mind she is not going back.
"She doesn’t need to do the show. Cheryl is all about her music now. She lives, sleeps and breathes her new album – it’s her passion.”
The tabloid suggests that Cheryl was top of Simon and ITV's list for a new judge this year, with offers of around £2.5 million on the table.
"We had hoped that Cheryl was going to be the missing piece of the puzzle for 2012 - she could have guaranteed the series was the biggest ever," a show source explained.
“She is friends with Gary, Louis and Tulisa so it could have been the perfect mix but now we are back to square one.
"She was top of the list for Simon and ITV, so we have to look again at our options and move quickly.”
Auditions for the new series are set to kick off next month.