Simon Cowell has lifted the lid on the night he told Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to leave her “screaming” hubby at home. Cowell said he warned her ex Jean Bernard over his behaviour after a bizarre run-in at the X Factor studios. But the talent show guru – talking in Los Angeles as he works on America’s Got Talent – denied he played a part in Cheryl and JB’s marriage split, reports the Sunday People.

Simon, 56, said: “There was one night where his behaviour was out of order. Cheryl had an act in the bottom two or something.

“He was up on his feet, he was screaming, he put his hand across his neck at me.”

Cowell, motioning as if to slit his throat, added: “I went ‘hang on a minute, this is a competition it is not my fault’.

“I just said afterwards to Cheryl it might be better if he doesn’t come down and watches it at home on TV and jump on as many sofas as he wants.

“Their marriage breakdown had nothing to do with me, I got on fine with him, I just think he got a bit over-excited when he came down to the shows occasionally.” Simon’s comments came as Cheryl, 33, seems happier than ever with her pop star fella Liam Payne, 22. She and the One Direction star got together last December after her marriage to Frenchman JB, 35, crumbled. Sources suggest Cheryl and Liam are trying for a baby and smiling dad-of-one Cowell says: “Cheryl would be an amazing mum. I have seen her with Eric and other kids and she is incredible. I think she is in a good place right now.

“I had dinner with her a couple of months ago with Liam and they were great. I saw her the other night and she was on great form. “She stays in contact by phone and text and is good, but I do think she misses working with me.” Cheryl quit the X Factor after a tough 2015 which saw the judges under fire as ratings slumped. Cowell says: “It was stressful. Cheryl probably picked up on that a bit and with the marriage breaking down at the same time, it is not an ideal place when you are on live TV every week.”

The telly guru will be in the US for the next couple of months for the 11th series of America’s Got Talent, which he is judging for the first time. Ratings topped 15 million this month and the average of 13.4mllion is the best in five years.

The talent is strong and Cowell has high hopes that acts like cute 12-year-old musician Grace Vanderwall and 14-year-old opera singer Laura Bretan could become stars in Britain as well as America.