Simon Cowell has denied reports that Cheryl is preparing to return to The X Factor. Rumours recently surfaced claiming Cheryl was in talks to return as a guest judge during the Judges' Houses round – but Simon has shut down the speculation in no uncertain terms, adding: "I haven't spoken to her in six months." Cheryl, 34, has a good track record on the show, mentoring both Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry to victory. But she has kept a very low profile since welcoming her first child, son Bear, with boyfriend Liam Payne on 22 March.
Simon Cowell has denied reports that Cheryl is set to return to The X Factor this year
Speaking shortly after Bear's arrival, Simon shared his excitement for the couple. "Cheryl seems in a good place," the 57-year-old – father to three-year-old son Eric - told the Mirror. "Having gone through it myself it is quite nerve-racking, but this is going to be the making of her. From people I know who have been with her, apparently she's ecstatic so I'm happy for her."
He added: "All the time I've known Cheryl I never went to her house. We were friends but not that friendly. If I get an invite I would go round to visit. Or she can come down to the show with [Bear] and they can make friends with Eric."
Cheryl and Liam Payne welcomed son Bear on 22 March
This year's X Factor will see Simon and Louis Walsh joined by Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne on the judging panel. Alesha Dixon has also been helping out in a temporary judging position, having filled in for both ladies during the audition rounds.