Britney Spears has confirmed reports that she’s leaving The X Factor USA.

In an official statement, the Toxic singer said: “I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season.

Britney Spears with X Factor boss Simon Cowell

“I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens, but it’s time for me to get back in the studio.”

The controversial pop star continued: “Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much!

“I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.”

Last week, report said Britney and her team knew it was unlikely she’d be asked back as a judge. The producers have already been making other plans for next season over the holidays.

The reality is that toward the end of last season the main players knew they wanted to replace both Britney and LA Reid.