Simon and Cheryl are on friendly terms again

Simon Cowell insists he wasn’t furious with Cheryl Cole after she sent him a jokey 52nd birthday message last October.

Cheryl, 28, organised a plane to fly over the Miami house that Simon was staying with a banner reading: Simon Cowell is 52 today. Ha ha ha. Love Cheryl– a gesture which Simon says actually helped to restore their friendship.

‘We text occasionally. I mean, she is not on the phone every night any more but she broke the ice when she sent me that funny birthday message,’ says Simon.

‘I thought it was hilarious. I loved her for it.’

Simon admits that he feels guilty about the way he dumped Cheryl from the US X Factor last year after she’d spent 3 weeks on the judging panel.

He had no idea how much of a public backlash there would be,’ Simon tells Live.

‘I know when I’ve crossed the line a little bit.

‘I thought there was going to be a big reaction. I wasn’t prepared for what was coming next.

‘I had to apologise for the way it was handled.’

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