Simon Cowell Praises Cheryl Cole
‘I don’t know how she coped,’ the X Factor boss admits…
“My feeling when I spoke to her recently was that she was feeling in a better place mentally,” Simon said. “No one wants to go through malaria, but she has definitely come out with a different perspective and I think you will see a sharp, focused Cheryl Cole when she returns to X Factor.
"She seems more focused and it was a wake-up call to her,” Cowell continued. “At the end of the day your health is the most important thing. She has got a sense of perspective on life. In a weird way this has helped manage her life better. I think she is going to appreciate what she has and enjoy it more."
Simon paid tribute to the strength and dignity the Ashley Cole, which was finalised on September 3.
“I am not even putting the personal stuff into this as well. You have to deal with that, and I don't know how she coped with that to be honest. I told her I understand the pressure – you want to be successful, you want to carry on doing what you are doing. But there is a massive amount of pressure that you are going to feel.
"You have got to understand, I am 50 and she is 26,” he explained. “She was thrown right into the middle of this – so she was in a group, she is a solo artist, she is a star on The X Factor, she does all these campaigns.
“At some point I think you start to feel guilty about letting people down. My advice to her was, ‘You don't have to feel guilt. You have a choice now to choose what you want to do. And it's for you and not the people around you.’”