Cheryl Cole ignores Simon Cowell’s £2.5m offer to return to the UK X Factor

The 27-year-old singer was reportedly given a midnight deadline on Saturday to rejoin the show. Apparently, she has refused to talk to Simon Cowell and has ignored his repeated attempts to contact her, leading to her being axed for the X Factor for a second time in a week..

Filming of auditions will now begin on Wednesday without her. The British panel will now consist of Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland.

“The brutal truth is that no-one is bigger than the show – not Cheryl and not even Simon,” an associate of Cowell said.

“We have a huge show and we need to get on the road on Wednesday and we needed to know if Cheryl was coming with us. We have bent over backwards for Cheryl and she hasn’t engaged with us. She is out. That’s showbusiness.”

Cole is apparently distraught and still refusing to talk out other offers, while she has been hiding away in a flat with her mother Joan.