Simon Cowell claims he is ''close friends'' with Cheryl Cole again.

The music mogul insists he and the former Girls Aloud star have patched up their relationship after the pair fell out when Simon axed her from the US version of 'The X Factor'after she made just three appearances in the first series in 2011.

And Simon, 53, is adamant he did not snub her 30th birthday celebrations in Las Vegas on Saturday night (29.06.13) - he just couldn't make it because of 'American idol' commitments.

He wrote on his Twitter account: ''I didn't snub Cheryl's party. I just couldn't go because of my filming dates. We are close friends again and I adore her.''

It seems Simon - once dubbed 'Mr. Nasty' because of his cutting comments to auditionees on his talent shows - is realising the importance of having good friends around you these days

He cryptically tweeted: ''Some things are more important than the music ''business'' or the tv ''business''. And today I learnt that. Someone I work closely with today taught me the importance of friendship, trust and loyalty. This person is a very special person. (sic)''