Cheryl has been reinstated as a judge

Cheryl Cole will return to The X Factor this year.

Simon Cowell took to Twitter last night to announce the exciting news that Cheryl, 30, is back on the judging panel for the first time since 2010.

‘It’s official. Cheryl is back. Be careful what you wish for!’ Tweeted Simon, 54.

‘Most importantly she is a brilliant judge of talent.’

Cheryl originally left the show to appear as a judge on the American version but her relationship with Simon soured when she was dumped shortly after.

Now Simon – who welcomed son Eric last month – is reported to have offered Cheryl a £1.5 million deal and the pair appeared at a press conference together today.

They’ve managed to rekindle their friendship and Cheryl joked about their ‘frenemy’ relationship on Instagram yesterday.

‘GUESS WHAT!!.. 😱 I’m baaaacccckkkkk!!!! #iMayActuallyRingHisNeck😊 #XFactor2014 👊 #leggooo 🙅,’ Cheryl captioned an old snap of herself with her hand on Simon‘s throat.

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Anna Duff