Guess Simon Cowell isn't such a meanie after all!
Despite reports that Simon and fellow X Factor judge Cheryl Tweedy were feuding over contestant Gamu Nhengu, Simon is setting the record straight:
"No. Cheryl and I haven’t had a fight, yet!
And I certainly couldn’t tell her what to do even if I wanted to. We are helping Gamu and her family as much as possible and have lawyers working with her lawyers, not because we have to but because I really feel for their situation, and that’s outside of the show.
We were unaware there would be any problem with her visa until this week."
Contestant Gamu was a viewer's favorite, but rumors were swirling that Simon ordered Cheryl to not pick her because she had deportation issues. However, Cheryl is saying that it was her own decision to get rid of Gamu, even though she was "sad" about what happened. She continued:
"I just want to set the record straight and tell everyone that the three girls I have chosen to take through to the live shows were chosen by me and Will, and the final choice was, and always is, my decision.
I understand completely why everybody felt so strongly towards Gamu. I thought she was great too, like all eight girls. But what the public saw was an edited version of what the audition process actually involves.
It is always a tough decision and for me personally, the part I enjoy the least. I would have loved to take all of the girls.
I was not aware of Gamu’s situation outside of the competition and I am incredibly sad for both her and her family. But I have to stress that it did not have any influence over my choice."
Glad Cheryl and Simon remain friends.
What do U think?? Were you a Gamu fan?
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