Katie Waissel did not have long conversations with Cheryl Cole despite her gruelling X Factor experience - because her mentor "had her own problems", the wannabe singer has suggested.
Waissel has told how she would cry her "eyes out" and how she "wanted to bury" herself "in a hole" after she was suddenly catapulted into the public eye on the ITV1 show.
She described the experience as "horrendous" and said she "wasn't prepared" for the onslaught of negative comments.
But she added: "Cheryl and I didn't have long chats - she would just advise me not to read the papers and say she had had a hard time too."
Waissel hinted that it was unlikely she would hear from her former mentor now she had been voted out of the hit show.
She told Grazia magazine: "She's very focused, which you have to be. I don't have her mobile number so I don't know if we will keep in touch. I admire her.
"But Louis was my absolute favourite. He gave me his mobile number and I'll definitely keep in touch. He understood how awful it was for me to be painted in a way I could do nothing about."
The 24-year-old added: "Cheryl told me not to read the papers and she was nice but she had her own problems. This show has been tough for her."
Waissel, whose constant change of image sparked criticism from viewers, said: "I never really liked all the mad clothes and make-up. I always said people wouldn't get it and I think I was right.
"Cheryl loved that side of things but she was right behind me when I wanted to cut my hair. That was when I finally got to be myself."
Waissel, who discovered while on the X Factor that her grandmother was offering her services through an online escort agency and starred in an adult movie, said she "put barriers up" and tried to convince
herself "to shut down" to cope with being booed on stage.
She said she was still too afraid to get on the Tube or even go shopping on her own because of the "terrifying" death threats she received.
Waissel, who said she was "sort of relieved" to be voted off after all the negative publicity, told the magazine she wanted to perform at gigs but admitted: "There's no record contract. Nothing."
She told the magazine: "There were two people who I liked and trusted - (contestants) Mary (Byrne) and Rebecca (Ferguson). They are the loveliest people. Apart from that I was on my own and it was terrifying."
Singer Cole, who recovered from malaria and divorced footballer husband Ashley this year, is said to have been offered 1.5 million by Simon Cowell to be a judge on the US X Factor.
The full interview is in this week's Grazia, on sale now.