It should be made illegal to talk about how thin I look, says Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in fierce attack on 'body-shaming'
- Singer has blasted critics for 'body shaming' her in recent months
- Blamed weight loss on death of father-in-law and stress
- Also revealed Simon Cowell was right to axe her from X Factor USA in 2011
- Cheryl's comments come after fans labelled her a 'bag of bones' due to slimmer physique
She has endured weeks of speculation about her dramatic weight loss.
Now Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has hit back by calling for an end to the ‘body-shaming’ she has faced – and suggesting there should be a law to prevent people from publicly attacking others over their appearance.
The X Factor judge, who has been labelled a ‘bag of bones’ by her concerned fans, yesterday denied she has an eating disorder and said she was ‘shocked’ by such accusations.
Fierce defence: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has hit back at cruel comments about her weight, declaring that body shaming should be made illegal
She said: ‘I can take whatever they [the Press] throw at me after 13 years, what worries me is what it’s doing to the younger generation. And some of the people writing this stuff are women. There is no sisterhood.
‘The body-shaming has to stop. It’s b*******. Something has to be done, changed, even if it’s done in law.’
She blames grief for her slender frame after the recent loss of her father-in-law, but also said: ‘When I work out, I can look like a tennis player. If I don’t, I look different.’
The singer’s weight has yo-yoed over the years, with the star appearing more athletic when performing on tour but becoming slimmer during times of turmoil.
Healthy and happy: Cheryl looked radiant as she attended The X Factor launch in London last week, beaming and waving at her screaming fans
Stress: The Girls Aloud singer explained that recent life events, including the death of her father-in-law, had triggered her weight loss
Cheryl has previously said she suffered a ‘nervous breakdown’ in 2011 and did not know what to eat or drink.
She has previously said she suffered a ‘nervous breakdown’ in 2011 and did not know what to eat or drink.
However, in an interview with the Evening Standard yesterday Mrs Fernandez-Versini insisted: ‘I am very happy and very healthy.
‘Every woman has a different body type and handles stress and grief differently.’
She first sparked concern among her fans when she was pictured looking slimmer than ever in a black crop top and flares at the Manchester X Factor auditions in July.
In the weeks that have passed since, comments on social media about her appearance have escalated and become a talking point.
Simon Cowell was forced to jump to the defence of the former Girls Aloud star, 32, and he declared he was not concerned because she was ‘eating like a horse’.
He explained her weight loss had been caused by ‘a bug’ and was not intentional.
The star is now working on her charity, Cheryl’s Trust, through which she aims to raise £2million to build a centre for disadvantaged young people in Newcastle.
Hurtful: Cheryl was bombarded with 'skinny' and 'bag of bones' insults on social media when the ITV show's auditions kicked off this summer
Speaking out: The stunning star wrote a lengthy Instagram post in response, telling her critics to 'have some respect' and 'think... before opening your mouth'
Blast from the past: Cheryl, pictured in May 2011 at the time of her short-lived X Factor USA stint, said Simon Cowell was right to remove her from the American judging panel because she was in a 'dark place'
Fighting fit: Cheryl, pictured on stage in 2011 last November, says she has great muscle memory from doing ballet as a child and can look very muscular if she works out in excess
Moving on: The pop princess is focusing on the ITV talent show as well as her Cheryl's Trust charity
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