Cheryl quits X Factor

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has quit The X Factor.

The former Girls Aloud singer first joined as a regular judge in 2008 before she first quit in 2010.

She made a stunning return in 2014, but has now decided to leave once more to focus on her pop career.

“I have had such an amazing experience being a judge on The X Factor,”said Cheryl.

“I have learnt so much and enjoyed nurturing talent but I’ve missed making music and am excited to be recording again.

“I want to thank everybody I have worked with along the way, especially Simon [Cowell] who I love to bits. I hope the show continues to produce stars and I wish them all the best.”

Head judge Simon Cowell said he totally understands Cheryl’s decision.

“Cheryl and myself spoke about this. I totally understand her commitment to making more records.

“She has been amazing on the show and in the near future we will be working on other things together.”