Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul size each other up at the Fox TV Upfront Presentation

Paula Abdul has quashed rumours that she was behind Cheryl Cole's dumping from US X Factor.

Reports claimed the pair clashed during 27-year-old Cheryl's short time as a judge on the talent show, but Paula has taken to Twitter to insist otherwise.

'Cheryl is amazing. We have forged a wonderful friendship & have been & will continue to stay in touch,' Paula, 48, Tweeted yesterday.

'..I'm excited for everyone to see and hear what she is about to do next. xoP.'

Cheryl's American manager Will.i.am also has faith that the Girls Aloud star has a bright future ahead of her.

'Cheryl always comes back stronger, and she always comes back bigger,' says Will, 36.

'Cheryl has been through rougher things than this, so this is going to be no problem for her.'

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