The X Factor winner Sam Bailey has told fans she is ‘genuinely happy’ despite being dropped from her record deal with Simon Cowell’s firm Syco.

The singer, a former prison guard from Leicester who won the show in 2013, posted pictures from her time on the show on her Twitter timeline telling fans they were ‘great memories’.

She said: “I wish people wouldn’t see the ‘syco thing’ as a negative!!! I’m genuinely happy how things are going xx onwards and upwards xx.”

A spokesman for the firm confirmed Sam was ‘no longer with Syco’.

He said: “Everyone wishes Sam all the best for the future. After discussion, it was just felt it was the right time to follow different paths.”

The 37-year-old scored a number one with her debut single Skyscraper following her X Factor win, and topped the charts with her album The Power Of Love.