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30/09/2015 12:30 BST | Updated 30/09/2015 12:59 BST

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Under Fire For Plus-Size Comments: 'It's Bad To Tell Obese People They Look Great'

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has landed herself in a bit of hot water on social media, over comments she made about the plus-size community.

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In the run-up to this year’s series of ‘The X Factor’, Cheryl hit back at critics who had “skinny-shamed” her, after some people noticed she was sporting a thinner frame than usual as she made her way into the auditions.

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

At the time, she wrote on Instagram: “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’ve been through. Just losing my father in law v recently and everything that comes with that… Have some respect and maybe think there may be reasons why before opening your mouth please.”

She’s now elaborated in the new issue of InStyle magazine, branding the criticism a “crazy double standard”.

Cheryl said: “You'd never be allowed to say to somebody, 'Oh, you look a bit fat'.

"And being overweight is unhealthy - it's actually a bad message to tell someone who is obese that they look 'curvy' or 'great'."

She added: "But you know what? After this length of time, there's nothing I can hear about myself that I haven't already heard."

Unsurprisingly, her comments have sparked quite the debate on Twitter, with many users accusing her of hypocrisy over her remarks:

Ironically, given the accusations of fat-shaming now being thrown in her direction, Cheryl said earlier this month that she thinks body-shaming should be made illegal.

She said: “I can take whatever they 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 bullshit. Something has to be done, changed, even if it’s done in law.”

Read Cheryl’s full interview in the November issue of InStyle, on sale from 1 October.

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