Britney Spears will reportedly not be returning to X Factor USA for the next season according to reports in the US, as she wants to concentrate on re-building her music career.
The blonde was a huge hit on the second season of the show alongside fellow newbie Demi Lovato, but the former teen idol wants out as is putting all her efforts instead into her eighth album, TMZ reports.
While many X Factor exits have reportedly been down to judges clashing with each other or with producers, it seems Britter's choice has been purely professional and there are no bad feelings between her and Simon Cowell.
An insider allegedly told the website: "Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato but her thing is music."
Best of Friends! Britney with fellow judges L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato (WENN)
As well as a new album, which she has been working on with Will.i.am, the 'Slave 4 U' star may also go on tour afterwards if it is successful, the insider revealed. The news comes following L.A. Reid's announcement that he was quitting as a judge on the talent show.
Reid was the only mentor to survive the first season, with Britney and Demi replacing Paula Abdul and Pussy Cat Doll star Nicole Scherzinger, who moved to the UK version.
With an all new line up for the third season in a row, we wonder who will be taking a seat next to Simon later this year?