Cole: Cowell should have sacked me to my face

British singer Cheryl Cole has said Simon Cowell was right to sack her from the US version of The X Factor in 2011 but insists that he should have told her to her face.

"I can talk about this because I'm okay about it now. But I went through hell and it literally drove me mad," she told Elle UK in a wide-ranging interview

The 31-year-old was axed from the US talent show a few weeks into shooting the series and before it went to air, reported the BBC.

"Now I can say that Simon was right to get rid of me," she told the magazine

"I wasn't well in the head when that was going on, so it wasn't going to work. But he wasn't right not to tell me to my face," said Cole, who famously wore a garish combination of purple pants with an orange top to the first audition.

Earlier this year, Cole won a payout from the producers of The X Factor USA after settling out of court. The sum was not revealed. And Cole is now back on The X Factor in the UK, judging alongside Cowell, Louis Walsh and Mel B.

Text message

She also revealed she sent a text message to Simon Cowell after she was dropped from the programme.

The expletive littered text said: "**** you, **** Fox, **** the orange and purple outfit. **** the big hair. **** the UK X Factor. **** you all. I hate you."

She told Elle UK: "I became so desensitised, you could say terrible things to me and I wouldn't even think about it.

"I'd read awful stuff about myself and not blink. I shut down because I didn't know what else to do."

She claimed she felt as though she was having a nervous breakdown last year.

"It only hit me at the beginning of last year that I'd completely lost myself. I'd look in a mirror and think, 'Who the hell is she?'" she told Elle.

Source: Elle UK, BBC