Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has never been one to shy away from voicing her opinion, but the starlet has reportedly been left shocked in recent weeks, after a series of negative comments began to appear beside her Instagram photos. After being branded 'too thin' and, rather nastily, a 'bag of bones', the 32-year-old singer and X Factor judge couldn't hide how much the unkind words impacted her, as she made a plea to her fans not to listen to the comments.
Now, the star has spoken out about her battle with online trolls, highlighting that her case is, tragically, just a drop in the ocean when it comes to body-shaming.
Speaking to the Mirror, Cheryl hit back at the comments that continue to be posted to her social media accounts - and what she had to say will resonate with all of us.
When asked about the ordeal mid-interview, Cheryl got straight to the point: 'No, I'm not anorexic. It all started with a girl on Instagram calling us a bag of bones. At the time I was thinking people are so quick to judge without thinking, "Is there a reason why this person might be like that?"'
Referring to the photograph that sparked the online abuse, Cheryl was quick to explain to followers that her weight loss was mainly due to the stress that came with the sudden death of her father-in-law, and the role she played in helping her husband of one year, Jean-Bernard, get over his grief. But, if we're being frank, she should never have had to justify herself in the first place, should she?
However, the starlet is well aware that the problem doesn't start and end with her. As she goes on to explain, she feels that the huge amount of attention being paid to her body is only adding to society's problem of body insecurity, and she is especially wary of how it will impact her young fans.
Speaking on behalf of, well, most of us, actually, Cheryl said: 'Right now I feel like we are facing a lot of body issues in general - girls expected to have big booties, girls with thin legs - and it's impossible. It needs to slow down, or stop. It's highlighting body insecurities and it's not right.'
We couldn't agree more.
On the flip side, the songstress also understands that amongst the haters were comments made by some of her true fans, who were genuinely concerned for her well-being after seeing her slimmer frame. To them, this is what she had to say:
'I work 12 to 14 hours a day, I don't even have time at the moment to exercise – and I don't need to either. It's nice that some people are actually concerned, but, honestly there's no cause for concern. You can see I am completely and utterly well and happy. You know what, I'm just about going to get through the day... I think I'll survive'.
You hear that, haters? Cheryl's definitely got one up on you...