X Factor‘s Cher Lloyd has apologised to former mentor Cheryl Cole for a “little joke” which led to an apparent spat between the singer and her protegee.

It came after a radio interview in which the teenager said she would perform live with Cheryl only if the former judge sang live.

But Cher has now dismissed her comments as “word vomit” and said she had not intended to take a swipe at the star.

“Basically I said something on radio that I shouldn’t have said and it wasn’t intended to sound as bad as it did,” she told ITV’s Daybreak.

“All I was saying was that I would love to perform with her live and then I made a little joke… I want to say sorry to her if she found that offensive.

“At the end of the day, she was the person who got me where I am today.

“If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I was.”

And the teenager, who has recently become engaged, insisted her age was not an excuse for the gaffe.

“I’m in the public eye now so word vomit isn’t good,” she said.

Her apology followed an interview on Real Radio North West’s Real Breakfast Show earlier this week.