Cheryl Cole is set to take an indefinite break from showbiz following her recent abrupt departure from the US X Factor.

According to the Sunday Mirror the Girls Aloud singer could be out of the limelight for up to a year.

The 27-year-old has not been seen in public since she was dropped from the American show last month after just four days of filming, and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.

“I need a break. I need to get out and reasses what I’m doing with my life,” she is reported to have told friends.

“I haven’t had a break for nine years and I’m exhausted from it all. For once now I am going to take some time out.”

A source close to the star said she intended to take the rest of the year off, and possibly longer.

“She’s had enough of all the hustle, bustle, backbiting and bitching that goes with keeping up a career in showbiz – especially in America,” the insider said. “She’s learned in the most severe way how cruel and demoralising this industry can be.

“Her whole life has been spent ­squeezing into tiny dresses and fake tan but she’s just not interested ­any more. All she ever wanted to do was be a singer, she’s not worried about ­conquering America.

“The main thing in her life is her close friends and family. She’s spending time with them and thinking about a well-deserved holiday.”

Meanwhile the News Of The World reports that Cheryl has moved back in to the £5m marital home she shared with ex-husband Ashley Cole – and that the pair spent the evening together.

A source told the paper, “They were saying what a special night it was. They were mucking about like old times just playing pool, smoking and having a few drinks.”

“There wasn’t any awkwardness between the two of them and they seemed very comfortable together.”

However there is no evidence that the pair rekindled their romance, with Ashley flying off on holiday to the US the next day. Cheryl however is thought to be staying in the property in Godalming, Surrey.

“She feels very unsettled and Ashley can provide her with comfort and stability,” the source said. “She’s confused about her future and wants some time to hide away and think.”

“She knew Ashley was going away so it made sense to be there.”