Cheryl’s musical comeback hasn’t been going well so far. Now, she’s ready to give up fame for good
Will she really give up music for good?
Her big musical comeback wasn’t quite as big as she had hoped, and now we’re told that – following her controversial X Factor performance last week – Cheryl is ready to quit showbiz. Her new single, Love Made Me Do It, only reached number 19 in its first week, dropping out of the Top 40 by the following week. And, after appearing on her old stomping ground, the 35 year old received a barrage of criticism on social media – with everything from her live vocals, to her dance routine and outfit in the haters’ firing line.
Soon after her X Factor performance, the singer went on Twitter to address the negative comments she had been receiving. As well as thanking her fans for “not being influenced by the negativity”, she wrote, “Having spent 16 years in the public eye, I have always been accepting of people’s opinions. Me personally, my music and performances are never going to be for everyone. And that’s OK.”
She also assured fans that she had watched her performance back and “LOVED IT”. However, our insider tells us a different story. “In her Twitter rant, she acknowledged that her music and performance weren’t for everyone – and she knows how impossible it is to please some people – but she’s
‘she feels like she’s getting more hate than love’
beginning to feel that she’s getting way more hate than love out there, so she’s trying to just focus on all the compliments she’s getting.”
As the singer herself admits, she has been in the industry for 16 years and has developed a thick skin, but we’re told that hasn’t stopped her from feeling humiliated. “Cheryl is prone to anxiety. She may be talking defiantly in public – because she is really angry and hurt – but in private, she is really low and wondering what the point is when it seems like everything just generates more and more hate,” our source explains. “She’s been supported by her friends and family and has been in discussions with her management company about what to do next. They’re really looking out for her and want to make sure she makes the right decisions. Cheryl is obviously still a big star, but she may want to think carefully about how much music means to her.”
Having previously worked as a judge on The X Factor, Cheryl is currently lined up to feature as a judge and mentor on new BBC talent show The Greatest Dancer, but we’re told she is now concerned that the negative reaction may cancel out any publicity that she gets. The insider adds, “Her plan was to release a second single around February – just after The Greatest Dancer starts – but now she feels like her credibility has been knocked and she doesn’t think she can face it. She just wants to quit, and not just music but all of her showbiz career. The return to showbiz is taking such a toll on her, she’s been missing Bear and he’s been missing her.”
In a recent interview, the singer admitted that she wouldn’t want to spend time away from her 20-monthold son for an unsuccessful career. Referring to her new single, she said, “If it goes in at 80, it’s time for me to move on with my life. I’m not going to jump around, working hard and spending time away from my son for that.”
Now, it seems the mum of one is looking at her options for the future and has been talking to ex-boyfriend Liam Payne. “He always said to her that she was an amazing manager, that he couldn’t have launched his solo career without her. It’s something to think about,but to do that right now would be a total failure for her, crashing her own music career and having to manage someone else’s,” our source adds. “She just wants to do the BBC show and then disappear with a big two-fingers up to the world.” ■ KATIE HOLLOWAY
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