Cheryl Fernandez-Versini talks about her X Factor boss and close friend Simon Cowell in an interview for In Style magazine.
Cheryl admits in the interview that the pair's relationship was severely strained after he fired her from the US version of the X Factor back in 2011, but since the pair reunited for the UK show their friendship is better than ever.
'I never thought his decision was wrong; I just thought how he handled it was wrong,' she explains of the 2011 drama. 'There's way to do it, you know what I mean? You've got to face up to these things.
We didn't speak for months a lot of hard work had to be done – but I think it stems from Simon being a really soft-heated person deep down. As ballsy as his decisions are, he finds it hard to say it to your face sometimes. But he knows he was in the wrong now.'
As for the new series of the ITV show, which kicks off its live shows next month with new judging lineup Cheryl, Simon, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw, the feisty star reckons she's a force to be reckoned with.
'I'm going to be tougher this year,' Cheryl tells the mag.
'I'm like a sponge and I'm too sensitive. It was making us ill with stress and worry. People think, "Oh, she's sitting there in a pretty dress," but I get so wrapped up in the arguments that the contestants are having. It affects me.'