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?

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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

Chezza and The Great­est Dancer gang

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