Cheryl hits back at relentless abuse over controversial Love Made Me Do It performance on X Factor


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Cheryls X Factor performance of Love Made Me Do It divided viewers (Picture: ITV)

Cheryl has hit back at the negative reaction to her performance of Love Made Me Do It, on X Factor.

The 36-year-old gave her first live show in four years on stage on the ITV series – but divided some viewers with the show she put on – with some reportedly complaining to Ofcom about it.

But the mum-of-one isnt here for any trolls, as she took to Twitter to rant about the negativity.

She told her 6.16million followers: I wanted to start by saying thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support of my performance on Sunday. You may not have read about them but I definitely saw and felt them!

Having spent 16 years in the public eye I have always been accepting of peoples opinions. Me personally, my music and performances are never going to be for everyone. And thats OK.

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I let a lot of things lie but the sheer level of unbalanced negativity towards me in the tabloid press these past few days has been quite frankly shocking and I need to address it. This level of relentless abuse should not be tolerated in any walk of life.

From my appearance, my body size and shape to my performance and even dragging innocent people into this like they did to Nile Rodgers simply for a clickbait headline is totally uncalled for. It also gives the trolls a bigger voice and platform.

Whats even more surprising to me is that some of these people are the first to write that we should be more socially aware and conscious of online bullying and mental health awareness. Is this any different?

She ended her post by adding: So thank you all again for being strong-minded enough to not be influenced by the negativity..

Ps… I did watch my performance back and I LOVED IT!

So, thats that then…

Right on cue, fans rushed to praise Chezza for her words, and offered her their support.

Well said chezza dont need to worry about them you got us soldiers here to support you, one posted.

You SMASHED it! A true British pop icon using her platform to spread positivity – we continue to stan, another replied.

While a Twitter follower added: Honestly obsessed with the whole performance.

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Cheryl returned to The X Factor stage on Sunday 18 November with a raunchy performance of her new single, which is her first song out for four years.

Her appearance was packed with a string of backing dancers and an impressive lighting show, as well as racy dance moves that saw her gyrating with male dancers, writhing on the floor, and licking her wrist.

Well, whatever works for you…

However, the whole thing was heavily criticised by viewers on Twitter, and 15 complaints were sent in to Ofcom.

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A spokesman for the TV watchdog stated: We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules before deciding whether or not to investigate.

Even Simon Cowell was left a little confused over the whole thing – which ended with Chezza dropping to the floor.

At one point, the head judge turned around to Louis Tomlinson, asking: Is she alright? while someone helped the Girls Aloud alum back to her feet.

Love Made Me Do It failed to crack the UK top ten, and peaked at number 19 following its release last Friday.

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