Was Nicole axed from the X Factor because of Cheryl?!

When Simon Cowell tweeted that Nicole Scherzinger would not be joining him for the new season of the X Factor, it seemed as if the singer had decided to quit the show to focus on her music career.

But now the lady herself has spoken out… and it seems as if she was actually never invited back at all!

Nicole said, “I haven’t heard from Simon. He made his choice, so I’m just going to support everybody.”

Simon is said to have had no choice but to get rid of Nicole, as he didn’t think she and Cheryl Cole would get on!

The pop stars seemed to have gotten off on the wrong foot in 2010 when Nicole was performing on the show.

Nicole apparently sang Cheryl’s Promise This to her several times backstage, leading the former Girls Aloud singer to write, “I swear to God the woman sang the whole song, to my face. It was just so awkward, and every time I stood next to her she started singing it again.”

Nicole later responded saying, “What I read didn’t seem like it was written to make me look very well. But I never know what to believe. I’d like to give her the benefit of the doubt and hope that she would only have spoken highly of me because I’ve not spoken poorly of her.”

Maybe Simon has a point then!