After two seasons, Demi Lovato has decided to step down as a judge on FOX’s The X Factor.
Simon Cowell confirmed the departure Thursday morning, posting to his Twitter account, “To avoid speculation, because of her tour next year it was unlikely she could do that and X factor. She and I have had our ups and downs but now consider her a true friend. The door will always be open. And thank you Demi.”
The 21-year-old will begin her “Neon Lights“ tour this winter, kicking it off on February 9 in Vancouver. She says she plans to devote 2014 to her own music.
Cowell ended with “As to what happens in the new year. Stay posted.”