Cheryl slams ‘skinny shaming’ critics on Instagram: ‘You have no idea what I’ve been through’

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has hit out at skinny shamers via a fiery Instagram post, revealing that her recent weight loss is due to grief

Cheryl slams ‘skinny shaming’ critics on Instagram: ‘You have no idea what I’ve been through’

by Kayleigh Dray |
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When 32-year-old Cheryl took to Instagram a photo of herself at her VERY romantic birthday this week, she never imagined the criticism that would come with it.

Dressed in a simple white dress, the snapshot showed the X Factor judge smiling up at the camera (presumably held by doting hubby, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini) over the glow of her birthday candles.

She captioned it: “When you're asked what you would like to have for your birthday dinner and you say lets go to a nice Italian restaurant... then you actually end up IN Italy!

“I need to step up my game. I'm feeling very lucky and grateful.”

However, while many fans simply posted messages of congratulations and birthday well wishes, some decided to comment on Cheryl’s weight loss.

One user even referred to the Parachute hitmaker as a "bag of bones".

However Cheryl did NOT take the criticism lying down - and quickly took to Instagram to slam her weight loss critics.

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 [tell them that] they should maybe cut down on their food intake. What is the difference?”

Cheryl emotionally continued: “You have no idea what I’ve been through, just losing my father-in-law very recently and everything that comes with that. Not that I am, or should, justifying myself to anyone.

“But I’m so f****** sick of people thinking it’s okay to be mean or body shame anyone. And it’s always woman on woman.

“Have some respect and maybe think that there may be reasons why [someone has lost weight] before opening your mouth please.”


She later added: "I am just tired of the ignorance...At some point it’s just enough. Some people are naturally thin.

“My mother is all of 4’11 and six stone something. And is incredible healthy and happy. (sic)"

Cheryl’s fiery message led to many of her fans posting messages of support, with one writing: "[You're] beautiful on the inside and the outside”.

Cheryl replied: "I know. I am going to enjoy myself and relax. I am just tired of the ignorance."

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