Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has taken to her Instagram to post a heartfelt spiel about her recent struggles with online trolls who have been relentlessly body shaming her after she appeared to lose weight on the lead up to reprising her role as a judge on the X Factor. And what she has to say is something a LOT of her fans will be able to relate to:
Well said, Cheryl.
The ordeal kicked off in a big way when she took to the social media platform a few weeks back to reveal her surprise birthday present from her doting husband Jean-Bernard Fernanez-Versini, who whisked her away for a romantic mini-break in Italy. And, from the looks of her post, Chezza was beaming with delight at her gift.
However, nasty online trolls were quick to rain on her parade and started obliterating her usually positive feed with horrible comments about her weight loss. Sure, she looked slimmer than the last time we saw her but, if we're totally honest, it's kind of none of our business what's going on with her body. The trolls went on to brand her a 'bag of bones', which clearly upset the star.
One of the reasons we LOVE Cheryl is for her outspoken personality, and she wasn't just going to sit there and let them personally attack her, was she?
Of course not! Fighting back, Cheryl said: 'I am so sick and tired of it being ok to call somebody too thin or a ‘bag of bones’. I would never dream of calling somebody too fat and that they should maybe cut down on their food intake? What is the difference?'
What's the difference indeed?
Things got even heavier when she went on to say: 'You have no idea what I have been through. Just losing my father in law v recently and everything that comes with that. Not that I am or should justify myself to anyone (sic).' Poor Cheryl, this was the LAST thing she needed to deal with after any personal trauma.
While it goes without saying that she doesn't NEED to address these hateful comments, we're so glad she did. One of the biggest detriments of the internet is the fact that users can anonymously attack and bully other users with no consequence, and while one of the major issues highlighted in the media is 'fat-shaming', we're quick to forget that slim-built people are also subject to the same torment and harassment.
Cheryl wasn't finished, as she continued: 'I’m so f***ing sick of people thinking it’s ok to be mean or body shame anyone. And it’s woman on woman. Have some respect and maybe think there may be reasons why before opening your mouth please. I am just tired of the ignorance...At some point it’s just enough. Some people are naturally thin. My mother is all of 4’11 and six stone something. And is incredible healthy and happy. (sic)' Hear hear!
After her emotional comments were published, lots of Cheryl's die-hard fans weighed in to show their support for the X Factor judge, telling her that she's beautiful inside and out. After thanking them, she replied: 'I know. I am going to enjoy myself and relax. I am just tired of the ignorance.'
What Cheryl has proved is that, whether the person in question is fat or skinny, any kind of online abuse should never be tolerated. And that's that.