Ch­eryl’s got a re­veal­ing new song and she’s anx­ious

As she gears up for her come­back, the nerves are start­ing to show

Heat (UK) - - Contents - KATIE HOL­LOWAY

She may be back with a sexy new look, but as Ch­eryl pre­pares to re­lease her first new mu­sic since 2014, we’re told her in­se­cu­ri­ties have re­turned. Later this month, the singer – who was spot­ted film­ing the video for new sin­gle Love Made Me Do It in Lon­don last week – is set to per­form on The X Fac­tor stage to co­in­cide with the song’s re­lease, but se­cur­ing the slot has not been an easy task for the former judge.

“Ch­eryl is lined up to ap­pear on the show, but Si­mon Cow­ell has told her it’s pro­vi­sional, and he won’t be of­fi­cially con­firm­ing un­til nearer the time,” an in­sider tells heat. “Ch­eryl knows Si­mon’s also been talk­ing to [her ex] Liam’s peo­ple and a few oth­ers, so she’s re­ally anx­ious.”

Ch­eryl, 35, had pre­vi­ously been ru­moured to be re­turn­ing as an X Fac­tor judge for the new se­ries, but is now ap­pear­ing on BBC1’S The Great­est Dancer in­stead. And while she is friends with Si­mon, our source says he has told her, “This is busi­ness,” ad­ding, “This per­for­mance is make or break for her, and she knows it. Her au­di­ence and fans watch The X Fac­tor – but she’s too proud to beg Si­mon.”

But Si­mon won’t want to miss out on the pub­lic­ity it could bring, as Ch­eryl is very hon­est about her love life. We’re told, “Ch­eryl is not hold­ing back on this song.

As well as say­ing she’s the ‘sucker’ who falls for ev­ery ‘f**ker’, she ad­mits she made mis­takes, then says she’d do it all again and is un­apolo­getic for her choices.”

If Ch­eryl – who has 19-mon­thold son Bear with Liam Payne – does get to per­form on the show, our in­sider tells us the singer is ner­vous about the re­ac­tion she may get, es­pe­cially as Liam’s 1D band­mate Louis Tom­lin­son is on the panel. “While she was never un­friendly with Louis, she didn’t en­cour­age a friend­ship while she was with Liam,” we’re told. “She knows Liam is close to Louis, es­pe­cially as they both now have chil­dren with women they’re not with, so she sus­pects that Louis knows some of her se­crets.

“He’s ob­vi­ously Team Liam – he’s do­ing Judges’ Houses with him, but she hopes he wouldn’t let it show in pub­lic.”

Per­form­ing in front of Si­mon, Louis and mil­lions of view­ers is bound to bring on the nerves for Ch­eryl, who’s not al­ways com­fort­able with do­ing live per­for­mances. She ad­mit­ted to be­ing “ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied” be­fore her 2014 X Fac­tor per­for­mance, and Rikki Loney, a con­tes­tant who Ch­eryl men­tored, said at the time, “She was shak­ing, and she said she couldn’t be­lieve she was so ner­vous. We were try­ing to tell her, ‘You’re go­ing to be all right.’ It felt a bit like we were men­tor­ing her.”

Once the per­for­mance is out of the way, if Ch­eryl’s new mu­sic is a suc­cess, she will be back on the cir­cuit and likely to bump into Liam. Our source says, “Ch­eryl knows it’s in­evitable that she and Liam are prob­a­bly go­ing to have some sort of awk­ward run-in with each other at some stage – and the though of it is mak­ing her anx­ious. They have the same au­di­ence, and will be look­ing to do the same sort of events. She’s con­sid­ered call­ing Liam to talk about it, but Ch­eryl is re­ally proud and so al­ways does a U-turn at the last mo­ment. She is say­ing if it be­comes a re­al­ity, then she will style it out – and he should be the one wor­ried about run­ning into her!” ■

‘She knows she shouldn’t count on Si­mon for any­thing’

“I’m brick­ing it, me” Ch­eryl mod­elled for L’oréal in Paris last week

Her last X Fac­tor ap­pear­ance, back in 2014

In the stu­dio with artist of the mo­ment, J Hus (right)

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