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Gary Barlow is "sorry" that Kelly Rowland won't be returning to The X Factor

Following today's news that X Factor judge Kelly Rowland won't be returning to the panel for the show's new season, fellow mentor Gary Barlow took to Twitter to tell her how much he enjoyed working with her.

It was confirmed earlier this morning (April 30) that the 'Motivation' hitmaker and Destiny's Child star's contract hasn't been renewed, and Barlow shared his appreciation for their time together by tweeting a public message that read:

"Sorry to hear @KELLYROWLAND won't be joining us on #XFactor this year. Good luck with all your plans. Was great working with you."

Rowland issued a statement on her departure from the popular talent contest and explained that she loved being a part of the show and is thankful for the opportunity:

"Mentoring the girls was such an incredible experience I will never forget. I would like to thank Simon for the great opportunity and asking me to be a judge last season."




Watch Barlow talk about his relationship with Rowland below: