Simon Cowell is reportedly ready to help former X Factor judge Cheryl (formerly Cheryl Cole) with her career. The pop star was formerly in the girl group Girls Aloud, which was formed on the reality show Popstars: The Rivals.
Simon and Cheryl had a bit of a falling out in 2011 after he let her go from the US version of The X Factor. Read on to find out what happened, and how he’s helping her out now.
Simon Cowell Is Helping Cheryl With Her Career
According to a source, Cheryl is looking for a new TV project, and has asked Simon — who’s currently recovering from back surgery — for help. “Simon is incredibly loyal to Cheryl and has told her he won’t give up on her,” they told Heat magazine.
The publication points out that things haven’t been going so well for Cheryl recently. Her latest single didn’t break the UK top 50, and her show The Greatest Dancer was canceled earlier this year.
“She hates to be leaning on him while he’s still in some pain, but she’s really hoping he can help her,” the source said. “He’s encouraging her to come and visit him in LA and bring Bear along for the ride, so they can get down to plotting her future.”
The source added that Simon still feels bad about their X Factor falling out, and has advised her “to let go of the pop career and concentrate on television.” While that’s a “tough pill to swallow” for Cheryl, the source said she knows Simon tells the truth.
Why Did Simon And Cheryl Fall Out?
Simon first recruited Cheryl to join the UK X Factor in 2008. In 2011, she made her debut across the pond as a judge on the American version of the show. However, she was let go after only a few episodes.
Simon had also made rude comments about Cheryl’s appearance at the first auditions, criticizing her hair and outfit and saying she’d put on weight. He claimed that she had “lost her confidence.”
Cheryl said she “went through hell” at the time, but later said Simon was “right” to fire her. “I wasn’t well in the head when that was going on,” she said, “so it wasn’t going to work. But he wasn’t right not to tell me to my face.”
Cheryl returned to the UK X Factor in 2014, and in 2012 she told Graham Norton that she and Simon had made up. Maybe the mogul will have a new job for her on one of his shows.