AND SO IT CONTINUES: According to one of Nicole Scherzinger's 'close friends' the 'Puakenikeni' hitmaker won't be returning to The X Factor this year.
Apparently it's so she can focus on recording the follow-up to 2011's 'Killer Love', which is probably quite a good idea.
The friend, who also knows some people at the Daily Mirror, said: "It breaks her heart, but Nicole is sad not to be able to go back to the show this year."
How long did she spend agonising over the decision though?
"She has agonised over the decision for months.”
We know you're probably thinking, 'but why doesn't someone ask a friend of Simon Cowell's what he thinks about it all?'.
Well, thankfully they did, and that friend said this: “She will always be part of the X Factor family.”
So there we go.