Nicole stole Cheryl's job and JB divorced Cheryl - we can only imagine what these two were talking about...

It’s fair to say there’s no love lost between Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger.

Cast your mind back to 2011 when Cheryl’s flown out for her big US break as a judge on The X Factor in America – only to be put back on a plane home just two weeks later.

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The big boss Simon Cowell had unceremoniously fired her, later admitting: ‘When I saw her I didn’t recognise her… The hair and outfit were crazy. I asked her manager: “What’s she wearing, what’s happened to her hair?”

‘He was defensive about it. I haven’t a clue why she turned up like that. She’d put on a bit of weight, but not loads. That wasn’t the issue. The only way I can describe it is that it wasn’t Cheryl sitting in that seat. She’d lost her confidence’.

Simon, 57, immediately replaced Cheryl – without any consultation – with none other than Nicole.

A year later in her autobiography My Story, Cheryl was quick to have a go at her successor, claiming that their first meeting was ‘awkward’. She says that Nicole gushed over her, telling her she was pretty, which she describes as really ‘embarrassing’. Meow.

Then there’s Cheryl’s ex-husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, 35 – they divorced last October and it was less than amicable, with Cheryl, 34, citing his ‘unreasonable behaviour’ as the reason behind her dramatic weight loss.

Since their divorce, JB’s been a regular on the showbiz scene – but these latest candid pictures of him partying in London with Nicole, 39, will surely have left Cheryl reeling.

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Our source tells us: ‘Cheryl is livid that Nicole seems to have crossed her and feels JB may have something to do with it. But more than anything, it creeped her out and she’s been describing them as cringy.’

Having just returned to work after giving birth to baby Bear in March, the sight of these two rubbing shoulders is understandably annoying.

Even more irritating? ‘That JB posted it to his Instagram,’ says our insider. ‘JB knows all about Cheryl’s frosty relationship with Nicole, so Cheryl wonders if it’s some weird joke on his part.’

Our source adds: ‘As for Nicole, despite their differences, Cheryl thinks she should stick to the girl code. They’ve worked together and were once friends – Cheryl’s wondering why she would play along.’