Lloyd says sorry to Cole over joke
X Factor's Cher Lloyd has apologised to former mentor Cheryl Cole for a "little joke" which led to an apparent spat between the singer and her protege.
It came after a radio interview in which the teenager said she would perform live with Cole only if the former judge was allowed to use "auto-tune" technology to correct her voice.
But on Friday Lloyd dismissed her comments as "word vomit" and said she had not intended to take a swipe at the star.
"Basically I said something on radio that I shouldn't have said and it wasn't intended to sound as bad as it did," she told ITV's Daybreak.
"All I was saying was that I would love to perform with her live and then I made a little joke... I want to say sorry to her if she found that offensive. At the end of the day, she was the person who got me where I am today. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be where I was."
And the teenager, who has recently become engaged, insisted her age was not an excuse for the gaffe.
"I'm in the public eye now so word vomit isn't good," she said.
Her apology followed an interview on Real Radio North West's Real Breakfast Show earlier this week. During the chat, in which Lloyd said she had not heard from Cole since the 2010 X Factor, she was asked if she would consider performing with her mentor. She responded: "Maybe, if she'd sing live with me."
When the presenter suggested that Lloyd appeared to be challenging Cole, the teenager replied: "Well, it always is nowadays, when you ain't got the nifty little buttons to press." Asked if she was referring to auto-tune - which can be used to correct off-key notes by singers - she replied: "What, oh no? Never, never ever!"
Cole later took to Twitter, writing: "Be careful who you kick on your way up... They kick you twice as hard on your way back down." In a further posting, she added: "Unappreciation is ugly."