It’s been three years since her fourth solo album Only Human.
But Cheryl will finally make her hotly anticipated return to pop charts in 2018 — and she’s recruited the super-producer behind BEYONCE, SAM SMITH and ZAYN MALIK to ensure she comes back with a bang.
We can reveal that Cheryl is working with NAUGHTY BOY on a new track for her next album.
In an exclusive interview, Naughty Boy revealed: “Cheryl spoke to me at one of SIMON COWELL’s recent parties about doing something together and a future collaboration.
“I have actually got a song written for her now so we will see what happens.”
Naughty Boy is also backing Cheryl to return to The X Factor, which will serve as a platform for her new music.
The music guru, who has also recently worked on tracks with JOE JONAS and EMELI SANDE, added: “I would love Cheryl back on X Factor but I also love NICOLE SCHERZINGER. Can’t we have both of them?
“I think Cheryl is important for X Factor but not because of Simon or the show but because she started out on Popstars: The Rivals.
“She knows what these contestants are going to experience and what they are about to embark on.”
Cheryl's boyfriend LIAM PAYNE revealed in October that Simon is "desperate" for her to rejoin The X Factor after impressing with a cameo appearance at his Judges' Houses last series.
Her return to the ITV show and the music scene will come 12 months after she gave birth to her first son with Liam, Bear.
A source revealed: “Cheryl feels lucky she’s been able to have a year off solely dedicated to Bear but she’s now ready to make new music.
“Bear is at the age where she can now leave him with carers, meaning she’s going to be able to hit the studio.
“She can’t wait to work more with Naughty Boy but she also has other producers in the pipeline.”
Earlier this month, Cheryl confirmed she had returned to the studio with Afrowave stars TEAM SALUT and her former bandmate and good pal NICOLA ROBERTS.