X Factor winner Leona Lewis writes open letter to fans, talking about the 'downs' she experienced before she parted company with Simon Cowell's company Syco

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It’s hard to believe that super-talented and beautiful Leona Lewis could ever have her down days, but the 29-year-old took to Twitter over the weekend, admitting that there have been moments where she’s felt ‘extremely depressed’.

Posting images of a handwritten two-page letter to Twitter, Leona addressed her ‘beautiful fans’ and exposed the real reason behind her split with Simon Cowell’s record company, Syco.

Leona, who released four albums with her former label, revealed she clashed with Syco as she prepared to make her fifth album.

‘I was asked to make a record that would not have been true to myself,’ she wrote.

‘I cannot make music that does not speak to my soul and as scary as it seemed, I could no longer compromise myself, and so I decided to leave.’

In a letter than paints Syco in a less than flattering light, she revealed she was ‘threatened’ with the fact that if she left, ‘it would come out that I had been dropped.’

The brave singer admitted she was left ‘terrified to walk away’.

Syco has not made any official comment about Leona’s claims.

Leona’s alleged treatment could come as a shock to her fans as, after the split, Simon Cowell posted a kind tweet to the singer: ‘Congratulations Leona. We had 7 great years together and now wish you all the best for the future. You put X Factor on the map. X’.

Clearly not everything was as it seemed and Leona has now signed with Island Records who are responsible for chart-toppers Drake and Nicki Minaj.

In her letter, Leona also confessed to worrying a lot about
friends, family and the way she looks adding that, at times, it ‘seems
absolutely overwhelming’ and she often ‘spirals to a dark place’. 

Leona’s first album, Spirit, went ten times platinum in 2007 and her Christmas single last year One More
Sleep broke the record for the most top five hits of a British
female solo artist in UK chart history.

The MOBO winner also made her acting debut this year in the film-musical, Walking On Sunshine, which failed to impress critics.

As well as her heart-warming letter, Leona has also been posting several ‘inspirational’ quotes on her Twitter including:

‘Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud’, and ‘Whatever’s good for your soul, do that.’

Leona also tweeted: ‘When my world’s crumbling, I’m comforted by friends that will watch the walls fall and remind me there’s light outside’, confirming that the gorgeous Bleeding Love singer is being helped by a loyal group of pals.

The down-to-earth brunette beauty even concluded her letter with a ‘P.S sorry for spelling mistakes’.

We love you Leona Lewis!

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