Fleur East has parted ways with Simon Cowell‘s record label, Syco Music.
The X Factor runner-up, best remembered for her cover of Mark Ronson’s hit Uptown Funk, is said to have mutually agreed to end her contract with the music mogul.
‘We can confirm that Fleur East is no longer with Syco Music. We wish her all the best for the future,’ a spokesperson for Syco confirmed.
When rumours of the separation first surfaced earlier this week, an insider claimed that despite Fleur and Simon no longer having a working relationship, Fleur will still ‘remain a friend’ of the label.
‘Fleur had some great times with Syco but it was felt by both sides now was the time to go down different paths. She will always remain a friend of the label – because everyone’s really fond of her,’ a source told Hello! Online.
Fleur is now looking to the future after debut release Love, Sax and Flashbacks climbed to a disappointing number 14 in the UK album chart, receiving mixed reviews in the process.
‘Fleur has plans to release new music in 2018. She has been recording new songs for some time now and is excited to share her music next year,’ her spokesperson confirmed.
The 29-year-old originally featured on the second series of The X Factor in 2005 as part of girl-group Addictiv Ladies, who were eliminated in the first week of series two.
She returned to X Factor in 2014 and finished as runner-up to eventual winner Ben Haenow.
Fleur’s rendition of Ronson’s Uptown Funk became the first UK iTunes number one single charted by a show contestant.