Simon Cowell may still be pulling The X Factor's strings from the other side of the Atlantic, but he hasn't had any contact with one of its judges in almost a year.
Tulisa, who released her debut solo album The Female Boss this week, told The Mirror that she last spoke to the mogul last Christmas.
"We honestly haven't spoken to each other since he congratulated me on Little Mix winning last year," she said - though we assume that doesn't include him telling her she had been given the Girls category in an earlier episode of the current run.
Cowell is thought to be in regular contact with new recruit Nicole Scherzinger, and is also a close friend of Louis Walsh.
Left: Tulisa signs her album. Right: Simon in the USA (Photos: WENN)
On her own relationship with her co-judges, Tulisa said: "Me and Louis are good friends, and I get on great with Gary and Nicole, although obviously me and Gary have had our public spats. But we’re cool.
"I was angry when he accused me of having fag breath. But I calmed down and got over it. And he did say publicly that he regretted it."
Asked what she thinks is the best thing about her role on the show, Tulisa admitted: "I’m going to keep it real and say the money and the power.
When I was in N-Dubz we didn’t keep count of our endorsements and stuff like that, but since The X Factor I’ve become very secure in that sense. That’s an amazing feeling.
"I’ve now bought my dream home and I’ll be moving there in about three months’ time."
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