Nicole: 'Gary Barlow Is Jealous Of Tulisa's Girls'
The X Factor judge accused of envying his rival's category..
Speaking to Metro newspaper, the reality TV judge suggested that the green-eyed monster was to blame for Take That star Gary's "fag ash breath" jibe to Tulisa on Saturday's show.
She said: "Maybe he's just a little upset that Tulisa's contestants are holding their own up there.
"I didn't even know what was going on because we don't say that in America. Afterwards I slapped him on the hand and said 'Go make sure you apologise to her', and he did.
"And you know what, nobody's perfect it was just in the moment."
But while Nicole might have been diplomacy personified in the fag ash breath-gate saga - she apparently created an incident of her own at the Pride Of Britain awards earlier this week.
The Mirror claims that the 34-year-old former Pussycat Dolls star didn't recognise British PM David Cameron when she was introduced to him at the event.
She confessed: "I didn’t know who he was. They said they were introducing me to the Prime Minister and he came over, and I was like: 'Where’s Tony Blair?' I thought it was still him.
"Someone had to tell me. I was a real ass."