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Leona Lewis: 'Simon was upset over my label move'

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Leona: "He is sad I didn't stay with Sony but he is happy for me and proud"

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)''

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