Cheryl Cole has admitted to having a "frosty" relationship with Louis Walsh.
The 30-year-old singer, whose band Girls Aloud was once managed by the Irish music boss, says working with Louis on 'The X Factor' again has been difficult.
Appearing on 'The Graham Norton Show' - which airs on BBC One tonight - Cheryl said: "It's a little bit frosty."
Pressed further by Graham on whether 'things were off' between them, the singer quipped: "They were never on!"
Cheryl has reportedly refused to sit next to Louis at the judging desk - with new judge Mel B slotted between them - and even called for him to be axed when she agreed to return to the show earlier this year.
But despite her admission, the star was happy to pose for a cosy picture with Louis and Mel earlier this week as auditions kicked off.
She captioned the snap: "The judging line up for the day.. Man down!!! #wheresSimon ?! #whereswally (sic)"
Rehiring the 'Crazy Stupid Love' songstress was atop 'X Factor' boss Simon Cowell's to-do list when he decided to return to the UK version as a judge - after the US edition was axed - and Cheryl says "there was a lot of grovelling" to lure her back to the talent competition.
Auditions for the latest series began this week and despite a three-year absence from the panel, the former Girls Aloud star has already got back into the swing of things.
She enthused: "It feels like I've never been away."