Cheryl Fernandez-Versini hits back at 'body shaming' critics

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has hit back at critics who have been commenting on the singer's slim figure during the filming of the latest series of The X Factor. The 32-year-old has opened up what "body shaming" and revealed that she worries about the effects the comments could have on her fans.

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has addressed criticism regarding her weight

"I can take whatever [the press] throw at me after 13 years, what worries me is what it's doing to the younger generation," she told ES magazine. "And some of the people writing this stuff are women. There is no sisterhood."

The Fight for this Love singer went on to add that she thinks drastic changes should be made, including making body shaming illegal. "The body shaming has to stop," she said. "Something has to be done, changed, even if it's done in law."

"Every woman has a different body type and handles stress and grief differently," she added. "I was a ballerina from a child, so I have really good muscle memory. When I work out, I can look like a tennis player. If I don't, I look different."

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The star revealed she worries about the impact of comments on her fans

It's not the first time that Cheryl has addressed those who have labelled her as too skinny. The former Girls Aloud singer took to Instagram earlier this year after one user left a comment on one of her photos calling her a 'bag of bones'.

"I am so sick and tired of it being ok to call somebody too thing or a 'bag of bones'," she angrily wrote back. "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 have been through. Just losing my father in law v recently and everything that comes with that. Not that I am or should justify myself to anyone.

"I’m so f sick of people thinking it’s ok to be mean or body shame anyone. And it’s woman on woman. Have some respect and maybe think there may be reasons why before opening your mouth please."