Cheryl hits back at ‘shocking and relentless’ abuse after X Factor backlash

Cheryl has released a statement hitting back at the "shocking and relentless" abuse she’s faced after her X Factor performance on Sunday night.

The 35-year-old singer faced a backlash from fans after her raunchy stage show – which saw her lick her own hand and crawl suggestively across the stage – was dubbed too x-rated for a family show.

Others took aim at her singing, with some accusing her of being "out of tune" during her energetic routine.

"Not sure if it’s the sound or she just can’t sing, but this sounds bad," sniped one viewer.

But now Cheryl has taken aim at the haters and admitted that her music and performances are "never going to be for everyone".

Cheryl hits back at 'shocking and relentless' abuse after X Factor backlash

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Cheryl hits back at 'shocking and relentless' abuse after X Factor backlash

Cheryl statement

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She added: "I let a lot of things lie but the sheer level of unbalanced negativity towards me in the tabloid press these past few days has been quite frankly shocking and I need to address it.

"This level of relentless abuse should not be tolerated in any walk of life."

She also complained that her "appearance", "body size" and "shape" have been commented on in the days since her return to the stage.

Cheryl hits back at 'shocking and relentless' abuse after X Factor backlash

Cheryl hits back at 'shocking and relentless' abuse after X Factor backlash

At one point Cheryl started crawling along the floor in bizarre scenes
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She finished by insisting that she watched the performance back herself and loved it.

"I did watch my performance back and I LOVED IT!" she wrote.

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