Cheryl Cole says she prefers hanging out with the girls after her painful split from husband Ashley.

The 27-year-old X Factor star – whose marriage to the premiership footballer ended amid allegations he had cheated on her – told Radio One DJ Sara Cox she just doesn’t understand men.

Cheryl said: “I relate to girls a lot more than I do boys. I’m not one of those sort of girls. I just don’t get boys, I don’t really get men.”

The Girls Aloud beauty admitted things got very tense between her and rival X Factor judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh during the competition.

She revealed: “You go through periods where they’re doing my head in and this week it’s Louis. Louis does my head in sometimes, but I love him.”

But Cheryl said it was Simon who really knows how to wind her up.

“Out of everybody on that panel, he’s the one person who can’t tell me I look orange. He knows which buttons to press,” she said.

“Sometimes I think maybe I shouldn’t bite back, but I do, especially because I’ve got four girls to defend.”

Cheryl still has all her acts, Cher Lloyd, 17, Katie Waissel, 24, Rebecca Ferguson, 23, and TreyC Cohen, 26, in the competition, while Louis has lost one act and Simon two.