Paula Abdul has scotched rumours that she and Cheryl Cole had a rocky relationship on the US X Factor, the reality TV show from which Cole was spectacularly ousted.
The X Factor judge tweeted “Cheryl is amazing. We have forged a wonderful friendship & have been & will continue to stay in touch.”
“I’m excited for everyone to see and hear what she is about to do next,” Paula added
Cole and Paula worked together for a week on the reality talent show before Cole was sacked by the show. Producers were reportedly concerned Cole’s broad Geordie accent would be difficult for US audiences to understand and that she lacked chemistry with Abdul.
Some sources went further alleging that Abdul had been less than welcoming to Cole and given her a hard time on the show.
On Monday Cole was replaced on the judging panel by erstwhile Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.
The show’s creator Simon Cowell offered Cole a place back on the British X Factor, but she was replaced by N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos after taking too long to make a decision.
However there appears to be no sour grapes. At last night’s Glamour Awards, the Daily Mail reports, Contostavlos revealed that Cole had sent her “good luck flowers” for her new role as judge alongside Kelly Rowland, Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow.