Cheryl Fernandez-Versini wants everyone to know that skinny shaming is just as offensive as body shaming.
The singer, 32, took to Instagram yesterday to upload a heartfelt meme she’d penned about the issue, telling fans that ‘there is so, so, so, so much more to life than having the “perfect body.”‘
She captioned her image: ‘I think it’s about time people just leave others alone with their unnecessary and unwanted opinions and judgments. #liveyourlife.’
We can see why Cheryl’s so keen to speak up about skinny shaming. She’s endured weeks of speculation over her slimmer frame since The X Factor auditions began in July.
While on the road, she showcased her toned abs and slender legs in outfits including a stomach-baring crop top, a 60s-inspired scalloped mini and a low-cut blazer dress.
But after critics slammed her appearance, she was forced to admit that she was grieving over the death of her husband Jean-Bernard’s father and that she was ‘eating lots’ to ‘bulk up’ backstage.
Even her co-star Simon Cowell felt inclined to say that she was ‘eating like a horse’.
However, Cheryl still didn’t think the comments were fair, telling The Sun: ‘It’s not nice but the thing is that I’ve been doing this for 13 years.
‘But there are people out there going through similar things to me that feel the same thing, it hurts them.’
Now she’s got even more angry over the speculation.
She’s been accused of looking ‘anorexic’ and a ‘bag of bones’ – which she’s not impressed by. In fact, she’s not even sure it should be legal.
‘Some of the people writing this stuff are women. There is no sisterhood,’ Cheryl tells the Evening Standard.
‘The body-shaming has to stop. It’s b*******. Something has to be done, changed, even if it’s done in law.’
She’s also explained why her shape seems to have yo-yoed over the past few years.
‘When I work out, I can look like a tennis player. If I don’t, I look different. I am very happy and very healthy,’ Cheryl continues.
‘Every woman has a different body type and handles stress and grief differently.’
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