Cheryl Fernandez-Versini sparks criticism: ‘You shouldn’t tell an overweight person they look great’

Just weeks after insisting it should be illegal to body shame, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has risked backlash by commenting negatively on overweight people.


by Jack White |
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The 32-year-old recently hit out at her critics, after being branded a ‘bag of bones’ on social media – but she doesn’t think people should be praised when they are unhealthy.

Speaking to InStyle, X Factor judge Cheryl said: “It’s crazy double standards. 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’. But you know what? After this length of time, there’s nothing I can hear about myself that I haven’t already heard.”

Cheryl doesn't think an overweight person should be told they look 'great'
Cheryl doesn't think an overweight person should be told they look 'great'

Some Twitter users understandably took offence to Cheryl’s remarks. One wrote: “People tell fatsos that we’re fat all the time. Nice to know you don’t want us to get compliments.”

Another fumed: “Well that’s Cheryl loosing [sic] a fan. You can’t tell a fat person they look good, but you can tell someone underweight?”

However TV presenter Kirsty Allsopp agreed with her, adding: “I am 100% with Cheryl on this, obesity can kill you & if we really love our #NHS we need to be honest about it.”

Earlier this month, Cheryl told ES Magazine: “The body shaming has to stop. It’s bullsh*t. Something has to be done, changed, even if it’s done in law.”

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