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Britney Spears confirms 'X Factor' USA departure

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Britney Spears has confirmed that she will not be returning for the next season of The X Factor USA.

It had been rumoured earlier this week that she had decided to quit after learning that Simon Cowell was about to fire her.

Britney Spears X Factor USA facial expression

© Fox / youtube.com/TheXFactorUSA



"I've made the very difficult decision not to return for another season," Spears said in a statement.

"I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it's time for me to get back in the studio.

"Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most."

The popstar added that Fox had been informed of the decision.

The X Factor 2012 Final Four Party at Rodeo Drive
Featuring: Simon Cowell, Britney Spears
Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States

© WENN / Nikki Nelson / WENN.com



Sources have alleged that Spears was on the verge of being dropped from The X Factor USA because of her "boring" feedback and failure to "connect" with contestants, with some apparently claiming she would "barely look at them on stage".

The popstar is currently working on a new studio album, the follow-up to 2011's Femme Fatale, with Jay-Z producer Hit-Boy.

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