The Crazy Stupid Love singer was first married to English footballer Ashley Cole, but they divorced in 2010, amid allegations that he cheated on her with multiple women. She advised a group of male auditionees not to surrender to their temptations after fellow judge Simon Cowell questioned them whether they had girlfriends.
Held in Wembley on Saturday, Aug 2, an audience member at the auditions said that Simon, 54, asked them if they have secret girlfriends. Cheryl, 31, simply leapt in and told them if they did, then they shouldn’t cheat with their lovers. No doubt, she was damn serious, raising a few eyebrows, given the fact that Ashley cheated on her.
Meanwhile, Cheryl and Simon reportedly spent most of the day’s auditions bickering and disagreeing on everything, and things became bad when the former Girls Aloud was constantly being interrupted by Simon.
Just for heads-up, both judges were at loggerheads when it came about the age limit of contestants.
Cheryl said that 14-year-olds are too young, should be in school completing their GCSEs, and shouldn’t be on the show if they are below 16, citing that they wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure.
Though, Simon was adamant to allow them in the competition and lower the current age limit from 16. Simon said that it all depends on the individual. He wants to widen the scope as he knows that there is lots of potential young talent. He also advised young singers to relax and not put too much pressure on themselves.
Matters came to a standstill when Cheryl rejected a 14-year-old boy from the contest, even though her three fellow judges, Simon, Louis Walsh and former Spice Girl Mel B, gave the go ahead signal.
However, this isn’t the first time the age limit has caused controversy on The X Factor. In 2011, Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow expressed their concerns at the 16-year-old age limit and Gary refused to put Luke Lucas, 16, into the competition’s live show stages.
According to a spokesman, the contestants’ welfare is their number one priority and they have strict procedures in place when it comes to young contestants who take part on the show.