Simon Cowell is making a surprising confession about Cheryl and seemingly even hinting that they’re not the close friends they once appeared to be.
Amid rumours he’s looking to have both Cheryl and boyfriend Liam Payne back on the X Factor for his judges houses this week, Simon is now revealing that he actually hasn’t spoken to the new mum in 6 months.
Speaking to The Mirror about rumours he’s looking to get her back on board, Cowell called the reports that Cheryl could return to the show “bulls***” and appeared to suggest they may not be on the best terms right now.
“I haven’t spoken to her in six months,” the judge then added, seemingly suggesting that he didn’t even congratulate the new mum on the birth of her and Liam’s baby, a son named Bear, or if he did, she didn’t reply.
The star’s slam comes after rumours swirled earlier this month that he wanted both Cheryl and Liam at his judges houses this year.
A source claimed that he and the show’s fellow producers know that having the two together would be “telly gold” and would give the talent search a huge ratings boost.
“Simon wants to pull out all the stops for this year’s show,” a source told Daily Star earlier this month of his plans for the upcoming series, “and bagging Cheryl’s long-awaited return to telly would be one of his top wishes.”
Cowell’s confession will likely come as a shock to fans as Payne revealed earlier this year that it was actually him and his One Direction bandmate Niall Horan who first let him know that Cheryl had a crush on him.
“Apparently [Niall] had been with Cheryl when Simon told her that I fancied her,” he said. “She had turned bright red and left the room.”
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