Newly signed to Island after parting ways with Simon Cowell's Syco Music in 2014, the 'X Factor' U.K. alum, 30, breaks down what went into making her fifth album, 'I Am,' out Sept. 11.

1. Saying bye to Simon: "It was like leaving a relationship. We broke up and I had to stand on my own two feet. The [split] gave me inspiration and some songs are about him. But Simon has been incredible for me and my career, and I'll always love and respect him."

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