Cheryl Cole turned down double X Factor money

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 June 2011
Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole reportedly turned down double her original salary to appear on the UK 'X Factor', with show boss Simon Cowell preparing to ''move heaven and earth'' to accommodate her

Cheryl Cole turned down double her original salary to appear on 'The X Factor'.

The 27-year-old singer - who was sensationally sacked from the US version of the show last week - rejected an offer of a whopping £2.8 million salary from Simon Cowell, with the TV mogul reportedly prepared to "move heaven and earth" to accommodate the star.

An insider explained: "It's been a tough week for everyone involved in the series, not just Cheryl. Simon feels he has been made to look like the bad guy in all of this, when all he's done is offer someone a job.

"He moved heaven and earth for that girl - effectively offering to double her salary to take up a role on the UK show. Discussions were ongoing the whole time she was in America but then suddenly she went off-radar and the conversations stopped."

However, Simon - who struck up a close bond with the Geordie beauty during their time on 'The X Factor' - insists he was not "the axeman" when it came to replacing Cheryl with former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.

The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The truth is Cheryl was never herself on the US show - and it came across on camera. There was nothing anybody could do about it and the reality is the decision to remove Cheryl from the US panel was never Simon's alone.

"He was not the axeman - it was a group decision.

"Obviously he feels responsible for Cheryl and regrets the way some of this has played out. But at the same time, Simon won't be losing sleep over someone who has just rejected a multi-million pound job offer."


Girls Aloud singer and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole performs pop and dance-pop to promote her album A Million Lights.

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