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Simon Cowell is finally opening up at about the departure of Cheryl Cole from The X Factor. Simon says Cheryl was never fired, but that he thought she would be ‘happier’ in the UK. And no her accent had nothing to do with her departure.Â AccordingÂ to Simon he knew that maybe she wasn’t happy in the US and made theÂ decisionÂ for her to go back to the US and then everything exploded.
According to The Sun,
Simon admitted he had “embarrassed” his close friend by humiliating her and that the past two weeks of upheaval had been a nightmare.
But he insisted the bust-up between them was “never personal” and that he had actually been trying to PROTECT Cheryl by secretly moving her back to the UK.
Cowell told The Sun: “I’m sorry. I hope we’re still close friends. She’s still a star.
“The hardest thing to accept is that everyone has painted me as a monster because I embarrassed her.
“But the truth was I was protecting her. I just want people to be in the best place at the right time.”
Cowell told how he had received a text from Cheryl saying she felt let down about the US show but understood it was a professional decision.
He said: “I replied saying, ‘This was never personal or saying you were terrible’. It wasn’t that she was terrible – she was good. I just thought she’d be happier in the UK.”
He insisted Cheryl’s Geordie accent had NOTHING to do with the bosses’ decision and that she was NOT fired.
He added: “We noticed she was quieter than normal. The feeling was that she was slightly out of her comfort zone in America.
“The intention was to do it quietly and say to her she had an option to rejoin the UK show.
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