Leona Lewis 'snubs' Simon Cowell?
Simon Cowell reportedly feels snubbed by Leona Lewis after she quit his record label and signed with Island Records
Simon Cowell feels "snubbed" by Leona Lewis after she quit his record label.
The 'Bleeding Love' hitmaker's departure from Syco/Sony has come as a shock to the music mogul - who discovered Leona on 'The X Factor' in 2006 and guided her to stardom - as she brokered her new multi-year deal with Island Records behind his back.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Simon assumed Leona would remain a part of the Sony family long-term -- leaving Syco but moving on to another section of the label.
"She negotiated the deal behind Simon's back despite knowing he wanted her to stay.
"It's a real blow and Simon feels snubbed."
However, Simon put on a public show of support yesterday (03.06.14) as Leona's new record deal was announced, and praised the 29-year-old songbird for helping put 'The X Factor' "on the map".
He wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations Leona. We had 7 great years together and now wish you all the best for the future. You put X Factor on the map. X (sic)"
Leona said in a statement yesterday: "After seven incredible years at Sony I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to sign to perhaps the most iconic label of all, Island Records.
"To me Island has always been a label where artists can really flourish and are encouraged to express themselves. Island stands for quality music and signing with such a legendary label is really like a dream come true for me. I can't wait to start making music with my new team."