Cheryl Cole Sacked As The X Factor USA Judge (May)
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3. Cheryl Cole Sacked As The X Factor USA Judge (May)
She'd only been there a week, but Cheryl Cole found herself sacked as a judge on the US version of The X Factor in May. The 'Parachute' singer has never revealed why she was given the boot, but reports have since suggested US TV bosses were unhappy with her Northern accent. The singer went into hiding following her abrupt departure, refusing to take calls from her former boss and mentor Simon Cowell (who confided in the world's press that he was worried she would never forgive him), and fuelling speculation she had reunited with ex-husband Ashley Cole. She wasn't seen again until London Fashion Week, where she emerged (sans Ashley) with a blonde beehive, though she did post a message for fans on her official site to reassure them she was well.