What Cheryl Told Cowell After X Factor Snub

Cheryl Cole has lifted the lid on her public bust-up with X Factor supremo Simon Cowell after she was axed from the US version of the show.

The former Girls Aloud star, 29, said she was asked to meet The X Factor's executive producer in a London hotel during a break from filming in the United States.

There she was told she was being dropped from the US show, but could still have a place as chief judge on the British programme - an offer she refused.

In her autobiography she said: "(Cowell) didn't even have the guts to phone or send a message warning me what was coming.

"I was furious with Simon for letting it happen like this. I believed we had a good friendship and I couldn't understand why he just hadn't been straight with me."

Cole said she wrote an expletive-filled text to the entertainment entrepreneur in which she said: "I hate you.

"I understand you're a businessman, and what I've learned from this is that business means more to you than our friendship."

The singer was replaced on the US version of The X Factor with Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger, who is a judge on this year's UK series.

She said she made up with Cowell around six months later, with the mogul describing the decision to axe her as "the worst mistake I ever made".