Cow­ell: I haven’t spo­ken to Ch­eryl for six months

He dis­misses claims she could re­turn to X Fac­tor

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor

Ch­eryl with Cow­ell on last ever X Fac­tor ap­pear­ance

Re­act­ing to re­ports the new mum had been signed up as a guest judge for €570,000, the TV mogul said bluntly: “It’s bulls***.”

Ch­eryl’s last ap­pear­ance on The X Fac­tor was as a judge in 2015. She has since given birth to baby Bear – born in March – with part­ner Liam Payne.

In her first stint in 2008 Ch­eryl men­tored win­ner Alexan­dra Burke. She also saw Joe Mcelderry to vic­tory the fol­low­ing year.

Si­mon once de­scribed her as “one of the best I’ve ever worked with”.

AC­CENT

But in 2011 Ch­eryl, 34, quit the UK show to join the US ver­sion – and was then axed by Si­mon in the auditions round over claims view­ers were strug­gling with her Ge­ordie ac­cent. Af­ter the dust set­tled Cow­ell ad­mit­ted: “I got it wrong. She was hu­mil­i­ated on both sides of the At­lantic.”

Si­mon was speak­ing at his record la­bel Syco’s an­nual sum­mer soiree at Kens­ing­ton Palace Gar­dens’ The Or­angery on Wed­nes­day.

He at­tended the glitzy bash with his girl­friend Lau­ren Sil­ver­man while a string of stars in­clud­ing Piers Mor­gan, Der­mot O’leary, Sinitta, Ch­eryl in Myleene Klass and snap on In­sta­gram

Tulisa at­tended. Sip­ping on his favourite Corona light beer he told how he gets it shipped in. He said: “It costs $3,500 dol­lars a time, you get about 30 crates. I get them when­ever they run out”

He also re­vealed he now trims his own beard, say­ing: “I used to have some­one come in and do it.”

In April, weeks af­ter Ch­eryl be­came a mum, Si­mon said he had not had a call from her.

He said: “I haven’t had the call yet but I would be a god­fa­ther if asked.

“Ch­eryl seems in a good place. Hav­ing gone through it my­self it is quite nerve-rack­ing, but this is go­ing to be the mak­ing of her. From peo­ple I know who have been with her, ap­par­ently she’s ec­static so I’m happy for her.”

He also ad­mit­ted that he had never been to the singer’s house. “We were friends but not that friendly,” he added. “If I get an in­vite I would go round to visit.”

halina.watts@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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