It would really be totally silly of Cheryl Cole to make an enemy of Simon Cowell who is one of the most powerful people in the music industry on both sides of the Atlantic and in-between. Real or imagined, the man's ego will not take too many stories of her "snubbing" him at every turn and one wonders how true those rumours are anyway?
Miss Cole does not seem well-served by her new management team and instead of sympathising with her, the public may just start to have a negative reaction to her sulks and snubs, as reported in the media. Her management talking up big record deals and Hollywood movies looks like wishful thinking rather than serious projects and perhaps will.i.am and his team should shut up and put up before shouting the news to all and sundry. Or, should I say, getting "a friend" of the star to confide the news.
Is Simon Cowell and his publicity machine helping Miss Cole? Was the offer of a return to X Factor USA and her subsequent refusal just a face-saving exercise on her behalf, the reality being there was really no way the Americans were having her back? If so, then Cole should have accepted the offer of a return to X Factor UK, which would have caused some embarrassment, but also quickly re-established her star credentials back here.
Cheryl Cole's reign as the "Nation's Sweetheart" was based more around her appearances on the X Factor than anything musical she has produced. Her talent was to sit beside Simon and utter some words of support or scorn to wretched hopefuls. That was it. Well, occasionally she strutted her stuff with a well-mimed performance of a forgettable song, but even that exposure was a result of her position on the show and because she was Simon's special friend.
She may have decided to take a break from showbusiness, but without a platform for exposure to the fickle public, she may find no place at the table when she wants to return. As I said before, better she picks herself up and finds another TV spot. Also make it up with Simon.