Cheryl Cole hits back at former protege Cher Lloyd"s autotune comments

'Unappreciation is ugly': Cheryl Cole hits back at former protege Cher Lloyd's autotune comments

If it weren't for Cheryl Cole taking a shine to her for being 'right up her street' at that first audition, Cher Lloyd could still be an unknown student and not a former X Factor star with a number one single under her belt.

So it must have felt like a slap in the face for Cole to hear 18-year-old Cher's comments yesterday, slamming her former mentor for allegedly not singing live during her performances.

Tonight, Cheryl took to Twitter to hit back at the girl she once dubbed her 'mini-me', writing: 'Be Careful who you kick on your way up… They kick you twice as hard on your way back down.'

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Scathing: Cheryl Cole hit back at Cher Lloyd's comments on her not singing live today

Scathing: Cheryl Cole hit back at Cher Lloyd's comments on her not singing live

The Parachute singer added: 'Unappreciation is ugly.'

The scathing tweet comes after Swagger Jagger singer Cher appeared to make fun of Cole during an interview on the Real Breakfast for Real Radio North West show.

Asked if she would ever perform with Cheryl, Cher replied: 'Maybe if she sings live with me!'

Swipe: Cher Lloyd hit out against her former X Factor mentor in a new interview, suggesting she relies on autotune

Swipe: Cher Lloyd hit out against her former X Factor mentor in a new interview, suggesting she relies on autotune

As they were: Cher and Cheryl on The X Factor back in 2010

Frenemies: Cheryl once dubbed the teen her mini-me, but the relationship has soured since the X Factor

After she was then asked if she thought the prospect of singing live would be a difficult one for Cheryl, Cher replied: 'Well it is nowadays, when you haven’t got the nifty little button to press!'

Presenter Debbie Oubsey asked Cher if she meant that Cheryl was relying on autotune, to which the teen laughed (somewhat sarcastically): 'What, oh no Never, never ever!'

Cheryl famously caused controversy when she appeared to be singing over a pre-recorded backing track as she performed Fight For This Love on The X Factor back in 2009.

Catty: Cher is no stranger to causing controversy with her more barbed comments

Catty: Cher is no stranger to causing controversy with her more barbed comments

Catty: Cher is no stranger to causing controversy with her more barbed comments

Cher's comments come after an interview with Fabulous magazine last weekend when she said she has not kept in touch with Cheryl during her time on the X Factor.

She said: 'Cheryl understood me and she helped me a lot and so it's sad that I haven't heard from her.

'But if she wants to give me a ring she can. If not, that's fine too.'

Cher may want to watch out, as Miss Cole boarded a flight bound for London just hours after her less-than-cryptic tweet.

Controversial: Cheryl received criticism after apparently singing to a pre-recorded backing track on The X Factor in 2009

Controversial: Cheryl received criticism after apparently singing to a pre-recorded backing track on The X Factor in 2009

New material: Cheryl shared a picture of herself in the recording studio in LA on her Twitter page earlier this week

New material: Cheryl shared a picture of herself in the recording studio in LA on her Twitter page earlier this week

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