Cheryl Cole has reportedly defended her on-screen exchange with X Factor hopeful Wagner Carrilho.
The pair clashed over comments allegedly made by Carrilho to a national newspaper about her upbringing on a council estate. However, the 54-year-old told Cole that he did not know he was speaking to a journalist.
According to the Daily Record, Simon Cowell was furious with the ‘Promise This’ singer for discussing the comments on live television.
However, Cole is said to have told friends: “I don’t care what people think, I had to answer back.”
A production source commented: “Simon has made it clear he doesn’t think the judges should be attacking the contestants on the show in a personal way.
“You are supposed to comment on the performance and the singing, so he didn’t like that Cheryl got personal.”
The insider added: “Things were tense after the show. Simon wasn’t happy and let Cheryl know.”
Carrilho reportedly wanted to discuss the story with Cole shortly before the live show began.
“Wagner tried to come into her dressing room about 20 minutes before the show started and Cheryl was getting changed,” a friend claimed. “Luckily Cheryl’s door was locked or he could have barged in like with Mary.
“She was preparing for the show so she couldn’t see him and the next time she saw him was on stage so she felt she had to speak out.”
They continued: “She was pissed off and people were talking about it before the show and stirring it up with her. In her dressing room afterwards, she was saying she didn’t care what people thought about her speaking out. She had to do it because Wagner made it public.
“She was just defending herself and answering back, which she has always done in her career. She just pointed out a fact, and he should worry about his own luck and not what is going on with other people. She didn’t do anything wrong.
“When Wagner said what he said at the end, he was taking the p*ss, saying she was the most beautiful person. It was like, ‘Stop it now’,” the friend added.