24/03/2015 07:53 GMT | Updated 24/05/2015 06:12 BST

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Wants To Focus On Charity Work

Bad news for anyone who was hoping those rumours Cheryl Fernandez-Versini might be quitting the X Factor weren't true.


The 31-year-old singer has revealed she's got a new focus for 2015, and it doesn't sound like it involves sitting on a judging panel next to Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Cheryl opened up about the "next stage" in her life.

"My focus is on the charity this year," she said. "It was supposed to be last year, but X Factor's kind of tasking, time-wise."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 27: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini seen arriving at the Ham Yard Hotel for the launch of the X Factor 2014 on August 27, 2014 in London, England. Photo by Alex Huckle/GC Images)

She's done a good job of spending time on "the charity" so far. In January, the former Girls Aloud star launched Cheryl's Trust to support disadvantaged young people in the North East of England. Working with the Prince's Trust, she hopes to raise £2 million to fund a fund a new centre in Newcastle, which will help vulnerable teenagers "reach their dreams".

"It's so exciting," she added. "I want to branch out, start in the North East, and then at some point I want to be in Manchester, Liverpool."

Cheryl's more than happy doing her own thing, too.

When asked about working in the music industry, she replied, "I would never do something I didn't want to do, or get told that's the 'lane' to be in at the moment. The lane. Everyone is competing in the same lane. F­- off, I'd rather be in my own lane."

So, X Factor? Maybe Mr Cowell should start looking for another judge...

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