Simon Cowell hopes Cheryl Cole will begin to understand his behaviour

Simon Cowell admits he believed Cheryl Cole would go back to The X Factor in Britain when she got dumped from the US show in May after just 2 weeks.

‘I thought Cheryl returning to the UK would have been a big headline. It would have been good for the show over there, good for her,’ says Simon.

‘After two cities, I offered her the job back in the UK, which ­initially she accepted.

‘And then unfortunately when it went public the negotiations fell apart.

‘She was offered a chance to come back to America but, for certain reasons, ­decided not to. And that’s why it ended up the way it is.’

Simon, 51, still hopes that he and Cheryl, 28, can be friends again and denies that her clashing with Paula Abdul, 49, was anything to do with her axing.

‘Look, if it was a question of not getting on with
, then I wouldn’t be on the show. So that had nothing to do with
it,’ he tells the Sunday Mirror.

‘[Cheryl] is still grumpy with me. But I can look myself in the mirror and say I wasn’t ­being mean.

‘I offered her a lot of money to go back as a hero, and it didn’t work out. I think when you have the history we have, you’ll eventually work it out.’

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