Her friends have already raised concerns about Cheryl Cole's current mental state, but it seems the singer might be feeling lower then even they guessed - the star has issued a stark warning to her X Factor replacement Tulisa Contostavlos.
It is being reported that Cheryl contacted Tulisa directly to warn her not to allow the show to ruin her life, and share some secrets about the show's creator, Simon Cowell.
The two used to be very close friends, with Simon acting as a mentor for Cheryl, although their relationship blew up this year when Simon asked Cheryl to judge on the US version of the X Factor, before promptly sacking her. He offered Cheryl her judging role on the UK X Factor, and also on Britain's Got Talent, but Cheryl has snubbed both offers.
Cheryl now seems to be blaming Simon for her current turmoil, reportedly telling Tulisa that Simon encouraged her to leave her footballing husband Ashley Cole to focus on her judging position. Cheryl is rumoured to have expressed concern that Simon might put the same pressure on Tulisa's relationship with bandmate Fazer.
The dramatic warning also included the statement; "Don't end up like me - I've lost the love of my life, several friends and I'm off track with my music because I devoted everything to that TV show."
She's likely to have been further upset by the news that she would not be offered her judging role back next year, despite many reports to the contrary. Simon has reportedly offered his new judges, Tulisa, Kelly Rowland, Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow, a pay rise to stay with the show, and has declared the formula perfect.
Sources have suggested that Simon might consider breaking the current four judge format to allow Cheryl back onto the panel, but with so much bad feeling between the pair, it is unlikely that they will be working together in the forseeable future.
Cheryl's warning gives a rare glance into the singer's thoughts, and certainly seem to suggest that she is missing her ex-husband Ashley, and is likely to reunite with the love-rat despite seeming to walk away.
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