Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has spoken out against the cruel remarks she has faced on social media, saying that body shaming is "bulls**t" and that she wants it to be made illegal.
In July, during filming for The X Factor, Fernandez-Versini had to personally defend her size after someone on her Instagram called her a ‘bag of bones’. She said she was sick and tired of a culture where it was ‘acceptable’ to body shame thinner women.
Speaking to ES Magazine, she said: “Body shaming has to stop. It’s bulls**t. Something has to be done, changed, even if it’s done in law.”
Fernandez-Versini said her weight-loss - not that it’s anyone’s business - was down to the stress and grief she suffered after her father-in-law passed away.
“I am very happy and very healthy. Every woman has a different body type and and handles stress and grief differently,” she told the magazine.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini best quotes
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini best quotes
1/15 On relating to Prince Harry:
"I love Prince Harry. Good looking and a bit of a rebel. Me and his dad are as thick as thieves and I knew Harry before I knew his dad so we've met a few times. I think he's amazing. And I think you can relate to him because he's made mistakes. He's cool."
2/15 On her allegedly unattractive feet:
"Don't show my feet, Don't put the camera on my feet. A lot of people have foot fetishes, but they wouldn't have them over mine. They're dainty, they're a size 3, but there's nothing pretty about them."
3/15 On gender:
"I am a woman and I like sex."
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4/15 On Simon Cowell:
"Simon is the most charismatic man I've ever met -- it's like he's trancing you or something. It's actually quite scary."
5/15 On being 'urban':
"I still am very street - I just have nicer clothes. I'm not ashamed of that."
6/15 On her foes:
"If I could be good at any sport, it'd be javelin. I know a few people I would love to throw a spear at."
7/15 On her famous up-dos:
"I love that style. I felt really glamorous with it. The bigger the better I always say, the higher the hair, the closer to heaven."
8/15 On fighting:
"If someone attacked a Tweedy, we were taught to defend ourselves."
9/15 On her infamous bottom tattoo:
"It was in the thousands, probably the cost of a small car. He's an exceptional artist and he was worth it."
10/15 On what men want (apparently):
“As long as your hair's looking good and you've got a nice amount of make-up on. [In the bedroom] you've just got to throw your man on the bed and hop on! I think most men prefer to hear little breaths rather than big screams.”
11/15 On breast enhancement speculation:
“It's not my fault they're pert.”
12/15 On her X Factor sacking:
“Now I can say that Simon was right to get rid of me. “I wasn't well in the head when that was going on, so it wasn't going to work. But he wasn't right not to tell me to my face.”
13/15 On former husband Ashley Cole's culinary skills:
“He couldn't even cook toast.”
14/15 On her style:
'I don't think I'm a style icon, not at all. Sometimes I just want to rock out in me scruffs and me Uggs. You know, a really comfy old tracksuit with maybe a dollop of ketchup down the front.'
15/15 On, um, water:
"You can't hold on to water. It fills you up but never stays. It's only good to wash away, today."
Referring to the way her physique is criticised in the media, she said that she had grown more resilient after being in the public eye for so long.
“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.”
At the time, she said she was sick of people thinking it was okay to body shame her.
“Have some respect and maybe think there may be reasons before opening your mouth please.”Reuse content