Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has called for body-shaming to be made illegal, as she launched a fresh attack at critics of her weight.
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The ‘X Factor’ judge has been hit with negative comments about her appearance on the latest series of the ITV talent show, but while she admits they don’t bother her, she is worried about the effect they are having on other people.
In an interview with ES magazine, Cheryl 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 bulls***. Something has to be done, changed, even if it’s done in law.”
Despite being labelled too skinny by body-shamers, Cheryl insisted she is “very happy and very healthy”.
“Every woman has a different body type and handles stress and grief differently,” she explained.
“I was a ballerina from a child, so I have really good muscle memory. When I work out, I can look like a tennis player. If I don’t, I look different.”
When Cheryl first hit out at comments about her size in July, she stated that she had been affected by the death of her father-in-law.
In an Instagram post, she wrote: “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?
“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.”
She continued: “I’m so f 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.”
Simon Cowell later defended his co-star, telling The Sun: “This is not someone who’s trying to make herself thin. I think she did pick up a bug.
“And I think the way she’s approaching what was addressed about her weight in a very open way - by saying she is thin and is trying to put on weight - is great. I don’t think she would have done that two years ago.”