Ch­eryl’s Lat­est Love Cri­sis

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Not all that long ago, Ch­eryl Tweedy was the Na­tion’s Sweet­heart. When she first ap­peared as a judge on The X Fac­tor fol­low­ing her then hus­band’s cheat­ing scan­dal, ev­ery­one was smit­ten with the Ge­ordie star. How­ever, just a few years prior to her be­ing uni­ver­sally adored, she didn’t ex­actly have the most glow­ing rep­u­ta­tion, es­pe­cially after be­ing caught up in a vi­o­lent episode in­volv­ing a toi­let at­ten­dant for which she was later charged with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm. When you throw in her dra­mat­i­cally be­ing hos­pi­talised with malaria, hav­ing a whirl­wind mar­riage that ended in a sec­ond divorce and then a se­cret preg­nancy with a One Di­rec­tion mem­ber she’d first met dur­ing X Fac­tor au­di­tions when he was just 14, it’s fair to say that Ch­eryl is no stranger to highs and lows and vic­to­ries and scan­dals in equal mea­sure. Now, it’s been re­ported that Ch­eryl has been deal­ing with a cross­roads when it comes to her ca­reer as well as her love life. After teas­ing her fans on In­sta­gram with shots of her in the record­ing stu­dio it was an­nounced a cou­ple of months ago that she had ‘parted ways with her record com­pany’. This comes after her last sin­gle, re­leased leased back in 2014, failed to crack the top 100. How­ever, in­sid­ers have said that she’s keen to still put some mu­sic out, if she can find the right record com­pany to take her on. But, if the mu­sic busi­ness doesn’t work out for her, she still has a lu­cra­tive TV ca­reer to fall back on. Al­though there have been ru­mours for months that she would re­join The X Fac­tor panel, it looks in­stead like she will jump ship from ITV to the BBC. She filmed a pi­lot of a new dance show, that would see her men­tor young tal­ent along­side a Glee star and Strictly pro­fes­sional. But even though such a move would seem like a de­lib­er­ate snub to Si­mon Cow­ell, it’s since been re­vealed that it’s ac­tu­ally his com­pany, SYCO, that will be pro­duc­ing the show if it’s green lit. But, hav­ing been in the spot­light since she was pro­pelled to fame in Pop­stars: The Ri­vals in 2002, over the last cou­ple of years Ch­eryl has been re­mark­ably quiet, not a sin­gle pic­ture leaked from her film­ing the pi­lot and she stayed hid­den for much of her preg­nancy then spent the first few months after her son Bear was born, holed up in her man­sion, seem­ingly more in­ter­ested in the joys of new moth­er­hood than the hol­low­ness of fame. How­ever, even with time out of the spot­light Ch­eryl un­for­tu­nately couldn’t avoid con­tro­versy for too long. Ear­lier this year what started out as just a few ru­mours of trou­ble in par­adise be­tween her and boyfriend Liam Payne, soon gained mo­men­tum and re­ports swirled that a split was all but guar­an­teed.

Of course we all know how Ch­eryl tack­led that drama, she and Liam put on a very loved up, united front at The Brit Awards ( pic­tured left) in a move most saw as a bid to quiet the crit­ics. In­stead, the plan seemed to back­fire and many viewed the ap­pear­ance as cyn­i­cal, in­sin­cere and noth­ing more than a pub­lic­ity stunt. The sug­ges­tion that the pair were fak­ing it for the cam­eras ap­par­ently an­gered Ch­eryl enough to spur her on to make a pub­lic state­ment, some­thing she’s shied away from in the last few years. She took to so­cial me­dia to ex­claim, “Oh Stop. No one cares who’s been spec­u­la­tively ar­gu­ing in their re­la­tion­ships. Your stunt the­o­ries are just lu­di­crous and a bit weird.” The prob­lem that many peo­ple, fans and crit­ics alike, found with Ch­eryl’s state­ment is that given that she’s dat­ing a man 10 years her ju­nior, who is of­ten out of the coun­try pro­mot­ing his mu­sic, and has a one-yearold child and all of the stress that comes along with be­ing a new par­ent; the worry, the lack of sleep, the sud­den huge sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity... it wouldn’t be all that shock­ing to hear that yes, like many other cou­ples, there had been an ad­just­ment pe­riod and per­haps a few ar­gu­ments and tiffs. It’s the pre­tend­ing ev­ery­thing is per­fect all the time that of­ten leads celebrity cou­ples into is­sues – be­cause noth­ing is ever per­fect all the time. But, per­haps given her pre­vi­ous love-life is­sues, that all played out very pub­licly, Ch­eryl just didn’t want to ap­pear to have ‘failed’ again. Yet it seems that her other half, Liam, didn’t get the ‘ev­ery­thing’s per­fect’ memo as a few weeks ago he gave an in­ter­view in which he ad­mit­ted that there had in­deed been is­sues be­tween him and 34-year-old Ch­eryl. He said, “We have our strug­gles. I’m not go­ing to sit here and say that ev­ery­thing is ab­so­lutely fine and dandy be­cause you go through things and that’s what a re­la­tion­ship is.” He con­tin­ued, “This part of our re­la­tion­ship was never not go­ing to hap­pen, there was al­ways go­ing to be a lit­tle tense­ness in the way we sort our­selves out. But tell me a re­la­tion­ship in the world that doesn’t go through a spot like that? It’s about whether you make it through or not, to­gether, is the main point there I guess.” Whilst he may only be 24, Liam’s com­ments show a cer­tain level of ma­tu­rity in that he’s not afraid to say that re­la­tion­ships take work. But it wasn’t long be­fore more ru­mours be­gan, this time after pic­tures were re­leased of Liam look­ing ‘cosy’ with one of his at­trac­tive young back­ing dancers. Again, Ch­eryl jumped on so­cial me­dia to quash any sug­ges­tions of cheat­ing say­ing, “This is a stupid ar­ti­cle, clutch­ing at very small straws. But I can’t ig­nore this story in­volv­ing an in­no­cent dancer col­league of Liam’s who has a fi­ancé, and drag­ging them into this des­per­ate at­tempt to try to cause prob­lems be­tween Liam and I.” Soon after the state­ment, the pair are said to have jet­ted off on a ‘make or break’ hol­i­day to the Mal­dives. The cur­rent sta­tus of their re­la­tion­ship re­mains un­known, but ru­mours per­sist that it’s not look­ing good for the pair, no mat­ter how many de­nials Ch­eryl puts out.

‘Say­ing ev­ery­thing is per­fect is a mis­take celebs of­ten make’

The cou­ple at the Brit Awards ear­lier in the year.

Liam with his One Di­rec­tion band­mates

The pair seemed truly loved up back in 2017.

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