Cheryl Cole hated Simon Cowell
Updated: 2012-10-08 13:40
The 'Call my Name' hitmaker was stunned to be told by Richard Holloway, the show's executive producer, that the music mogul - who had criticised her "big hair" and the orange shirt and purple trousers she wore for the first day of auditions - wanted her off the US version of the programme, and she was particularly angry that her friend didn't break the news himself.
In her autobiography 'Cheryl: My Story' - which is being serialised by The Sun newspaper - she wrote: "I was furious with Simon for letting it happen like this. I believed we had a good friendship and couldn't understand why he hadn't been straight with me.
"I wrote the longest text ever. 'F**k you, f**k 'Britain's Got Talent', f**k the orange and purple outfit. F**k big hair. F**k the UK X Factor. F**k you all.
"'I hate you. I understand you're a businessman, and what I've learned from this is business means more to you than friendship. I'm sad it's got like this and I wish you the best of luck, but count me out.' Simon texted back, 'Can I talk to you?' I ignored him."
Cheryl - who rejected an offer to return to the UK version of the show - finally agreed to speak to Simon months later and he admitted firing her from the US programme was the "worst mistake" he ever made.
She added: [He said], 'I wasn't in the right frame of mind in LA because of all the expectation on the American show... Taking you off it was the worst mistake I ever made and if I could have my time back, I wouldn't do it again. I'm sorry.' "