Bleeding Love hitmaker Leona Lewis has revealed Simon Cowell was upset but ''supportive'' of her decision to leave his record label.
The 28-year-old star, who signed to Cowell's SyCo/Sony record label after winning The X Factor in 2006, has revealed there are no hard feelings between the pair.
Speaking to The Mirror newspaper, Leona, who is now signed to Island Records, said: ''I was offered another deal with Syco but I thought it was time to have a new team with fresh ideas.
''I have spoken to Simon. He is sad I didn't stay with Sony but he is happy for me and proud.
''He has been so supportive and he will continue to be supportive and I can always call him up for advice.''
She added: ''It is like leaving home almost. You have to be like, 'Later, mum and dad'. I am doing my own thing now. ''They have given me a great launch pad and I felt it was time for something different - a new phase. Now I'm able to spread my wings, fly and make something for myself.''
Cowell recently took to Twitter to congratulate Leona on her new journey, posting: ''Congratulations Leona. We had 7 great years together and now wish you all the best for the future. You put X Factor on the map. X (sic)''