Nicole Scherzinger: Lloyd Webber has forgiven me for dropping out of Cats

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Nicole Scherzinger said Andrew Lloyd Webber has forgiven her after she pulled out of Cats to judge The X Factor.

The former Pussycat Doll withdrew from her lead role as Grizabella in the Broadway production of the hit musical, leaving him in the lurch.

The impresario later said that he was "furious" and that her decision made him look like an "absolute twot".

Show judge Nicole Scherzinger attending a X Factor 2016 launch (Ian West)

Speaking at the launch of the next series of The X Factor, Nicole told the Press Association: "Andrew I think has forgiven me.

"We have made up. I love and respect Andrew and can't wait to work with him again.

"He's a legend. He's a genius. I love music. I grew up with theatre and stage.

"It will have its time again."

Hinting at a new project, she added: "I've got some ideas in my head actually."

Nicole Scherzinger in Cats

Andrew had said: "I'm furious because I really believe she's the most fantastically talented girl, and I went out on a limb to get her for the London Palladium here, and it makes me look like an absolute twot with them all.

"But never mind, there'll be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony award."

Leona Lewis later took on the star role, to mixed reviews.