Louisa Johnson announces she’s split from Simon Cowell’s label Syco

Louisa Johnson has announced she’s split from Simon Cowell’s record label Syco two and half years after being crowned X Factor champ.

Writing on Twitter on Friday evening, Louisa said it was a mutual decision and she will still be making music with the Ministry of Sound label, which is more suited to her dance music roots.

The singer wrote: "I’ve been working super hard and I just wanted to let you all know that Syco Music and I have decided not to work together moving forward.

"It was genuinely a mutual decision and there are no hard feelings.

"Big thank you to Syco for everything they’ve done for me, I’ve had an actual blast! It’s been so much fun and I’ll always be grateful to Simon and the team for all their support.

"I’m excited to be releasing a single with @ministryofsound next month which is still part of the Sony family."

She finished: "You’re gonna love this one guys."

Louisa’s best-selling single was the winner’s single Forever Young, which was released on Christmas Eve in 2015.

However, that only managed to reach No. 9 in the UK charts. A 2016 collaboration with Clean Bandit fared better, peaking at No. 5 in the charts.

The split comes a few months after Louisa issued a grovelling apology to her fans after a series of shocking homophobic tweets were unearthed.

The posts on social media were from 2013 and show her using the word f***** in a series of vile tweets.

In one tweet, Louisa referred to someone as a “f*****”, whilst another read: “Drunk violent people ruin everything stupid gays."

Another tweet read: “Seriously think Fynns a f***** @hammerdaveyboi what have you raised he has a pink hairdryer”.

In a statement, she wrote: "When I was a school girl I made some inappropriate remarks on Twitter.

"I was young and foolish, and hanging around with the wrong crowd & didn’t know any better.

"That’s not an excuse, it’s an explanation."

Louisa added: "I’m sorry for some of the comments I made at that time on social media.

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"I think it’s important for me to speak out about this and say that I don’t think it is right or appropriate for anyone to use derogatory language at any time or at any age no matter what the circumstances."

She finished:”"I am a completely different person to who I was at the age of 14, and am a huge supporter of the LGBT community..

"I have a lot of young fans and I know I can now use my voice for a message of positivity, inclusion and equality x."

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