Cheryl: 'I Never Tried To Manipulate Simon'
Singer dismisses biography claims she played the 'soulful victim'...
According to Tom Bower's biography of the TV mogul, SiCo said of the Girls Aloud star: "She would come in dressed in her tracksuit and slippers, drop her eyes and play the soulful victim to get around me.
"She played me. When she walked over, I felt I was the mouse with a beautiful cat."
But in an interview with The Observer, the Call My Name singer dismissed the suggestion, saying: "That's actually really flattering, because if I can seduce him in me tracksuit and slippers, I must have something good."
She went on: "You know, he said the same thing to my face about me manipulating him. I said, 'Simon, seriously - you've become so cynical that you think people manipulate you, but I'm not on one of those people. Maybe what confuses you is that I don't play with you; you can't buy me'.
"And he said to me, 'When I say you manipulate, I mean it in the sincerest form of a compliment. Meaning: you're highly intelligent and I don't even think you know you're doing it'.
"Sorry, but if I was going to do it, it wouldn't be in me tracksuit bottoms."
Chezza also revealed that she was not upset over her X Factor USA sacking, saying: "I think people think it was but it wasn't. I should probably care more than I do."
Last night, Cheryl made a dramatic return to the stage, swan-diving into the arms of her backing dancers during a performance of new single Call My Name on The Voice.
Speaking to host Holly Willoughby afterwards, Cole joked: "I was looking for the quickest way to the stage."