He's doing everything he can to lure her back to The X Factor

They had one of the most explosive rows in showbiz history after Simon Cowell axed Cheryl Cole from the US X Factor and friends wondered if they’d ever work together again.

But what a difference 18 months can make.

Now can reveal that Simon‘s offered Cheryl, 29, a whopping £2 million deal to save the UK show.

The pair set tongues wagging when Cheryl flew to meet Simon, 53, at his Beverly Hills mansion last week.

And Now can exclusively reveal what really happened during their three and a half hour meeting.

A source tells Now: ‘Simon told her she could have £2 million to return.

‘He’s even talked about bringing the show forward so it doesn’t clash with the US X Factor because he’s considering a comeback himself.’

Read the full story about Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in Now magazine dated 12 December 2012 – out now! 

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