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8 October 2012, 07:59
The 'Call My Name' singer attacks the music mogul in her new autobiography.
Cheryl Cole has opened up on her exit from The X Factor USA for the first time, and revealed how she sent a scathing message to Simon Cowell for the way she was treated at that time.
The 'Under The Sun' star admitted that she was ready for a "fresh start" when she joined the series before her dream turned sour.
"The coward didn't even have the guts to phone or send a message warning me," she recalls in her book, printed by The Sun today (8th October).
The Girls Aloud star admits she noticed something different about Simon on their first day of auditions, and that afternoon, he attacked her hair and the now infamous purple and orange outfit.
"'The crazy hair goes tomorrow' before turning on his heels and walking off," she revealed of her conversation.
After a break in auditions after LA, the singer spent time at the Cannes Film Festival and received a call from Simon which left her speechless as he asked if she wanted to go back to the UK.
The singer admitted to being shocked and then became aware of a conversation he was having with Nicole Scherzinger – who eventually replaced her on the US version of the show.
She was then greeted with the bad news by executive producer Richard Holloway: "You're going to be replaced on X Factor America, but your chair's still here for you in X Factor UK."
You can view a picture of Cheryl during auditions for the X Factor USA below:
She said: "I can't get over the fact that 'big man' Simon, the same guy that told me I had the job and told me 'don't wear that hair' couldn't tell me I didn't have the job! The coward 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."
Cheryl goes on to admit she sent a text message to Simon after the news came out in the media.
"F*** you. F*** Britain’s Got Talent. F*** the orange and purple outfit. F*** big hair. F*** the UK X Factor. F*** you all," she wrote. "I hate you. I understand you're a businessman, and what I've learned from this is that business means more to you than friendship."
"Simon texted back: 'Can I talk to you?' I ignored him."
A trip to Afghanistan put things into perspective for the singer, who admits it was six months before she spoke to Simon again.
She was told by the music mogul that letting her leave was the worst decision he had ever made and got a full apology for his part in the dismissal.
The singer recently made a return to The X Factor on the current series, where she joined Gary Barlow as a mentor in the judge's house's phase of the competition.
Her autobiography also lifts the lid on her marriage to Ashley Cole and when she found out about the Chelsea star's affair.