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Cheryl confirmed as the latest celebrity to quit the X Factor

Cheryl has confirmed that she is departing the X Factor to focus on her music career.

After media speculation, the singer announced on Tuesday (April 5) that her time on the show is up.

The Brit originally appeared as a judge on the TV talent show between 2008 and 2010 before rejoining four years later.

She said in a statement: "I have had such an amazing experience being a judge on The X Factor. I have learnt so much and enjoyed nurturing talent but I’ve missed making music and am excited to be recording again.

"I want to thank everybody I have worked with along the way, especially Simon who I love to bits. I hope the show continues to produce stars and I wish them all the best."

Simon Cowell added: "Cheryl and myself spoke about this. I totally understand her commitment to making more records. 

"She has been amazing on the show and in the near future we will be working on other things together."

Cheryl is the latest star to leave the X Factor, with fellow judge Nick Grimshaw recently quitting.

Hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have also left, with former presenter Dermot O'Leary back on board.

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Watch Cheryl on the X Factor below:


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