Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has revealed that despite being mentored to the title by Cheryl Cole on the 2008 series, she has not spoken to her in more than a year.
The Bad Boys singer – who recently parted company from her record label RCA – told the Mirror that while there was no bad feeling between the pair, their relationship was not as close as it once was.
“I haven’t spoken to Cheryl in over a year – I haven’t seen her, or heard from her,” the singer said.
“We’ve never had an argument or a ‘moment’ or anything – when I see her it’s always fine, just a quick ‘Hi, how are you?’. “Our relationship just fizzled out, I guess. But, as you know, I always wish her well.
She added: “Having said that, I can’t sugar-coat s***.The truth of the matter is, we just don’t speak. But when I see her, I see her.”
Alexandra – who triumphed over JLS in the 2008 X Factor final – has gone on to score a string of hits in the UK charts including Broken Heels, Elephant and her debut single Hallelujah – which broke the record for being the fastest selling single of all time in the UK.
These days however, she has revealed she is aiming for stardom across the pond – and is contemplating a full-time move to the US to focus on her career there.
The singer has already recorded a duet with a ‘big-name US male’ – although has not revealed who it is – and recently performed alongside soul singers Jennifer Holliday and Chaka Khan at New York’s Apollo Theatre.
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“New York is one of my favourite places in the world, partly because it reminds me so much of London,” she admitted. “I have sorted out my visa so I can continue working here, and come back and forth if I need to.
“There is no place like home and the UK, London, will always be where my heart is but I am willing, most definitely, to make that move to the States.”