Cheryl ‘s 2018 comeback hasn’t gone as smoothly as she may have hoped.
The former Girls Aloud star came back with her first single in four years.
But despite Love Made Me Do It hitting the No.1 spot on iTunes when it first dropped, the song quickly went tumbling down the charts.
Her performance on X Factor was dubbed "disastrous" and offended some viewers so much that they complained to broadcast regulator Ofcom.
The star has even said that she’ll quit music for good if her single doesn’t succeed for the sake of her son Bear, who she shares with ex Liam Payne.
But can Cheryl rebuild her career like she did once before?
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Back in 2003, the singer was convicted of an assault on a toilet attendant, but managed to continue her career to even greater success.
But this time around, comedian Kathy Burke thinks the incident could have something to do with the negativity she’s been getting.
She tweeted: "Maybe if Cheryl hadn’t punched that toilet attendant, more people would buy her records."
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It all started on January 11, 2003, when Cheryl was celebrating getting the Christmas No.1 spot with Sound of the Underground, along with fellow Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts.
They were partying in The Drink nightclub in Surrey, where onlookers said Cheryl was so drunk she was sat on the floor and "swaying".
Cheryl went into the toilets, where Sophie Amogbokpa was working a £25-a-night toilet attendant job to help pay for her law course.
It’s reported Cheryl grabbed sweets and lollipops from the display without leaving a tip and that she ended up in a heated argument with Sophie when she asked for some money.
Cheryl leaves Kingston Crown Court in 2003
The case went to court in October 2003 and Sophie claimed Cheryl had charged at her while screaming: "You black b***h, I will deal with you", before punching her.
Sophie had made no mention of any racism she give her first statement to the police, which was taken in hospital after the incident.
She said the punch knocked her glasses off and left her left eye so swollen and bruised it closed up.
Sophie said her eye was painful for three to four weeks after and that her face was bruised for three months.
She also says her vision was blurred for a while too.
Cheryl was charged with assault.
She later claimed she’d acted in self-defence and vehemently denied accusations that she was racist.
She said: "I am really distraught that people are accusing me of racism, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
"The one thing in this world that I am not is racist and I never will be.
"Throughout the Popstars: The Rivals series Javine was my closest friend. That could never have been the case if I was racist, it is a ridiculous suggestion."
Cheryl was found guilty of assault at Kingston Crown Court, though the racism charges were dropped.
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Cheryl has brushed off the recent negativity
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As a result, the singer, now 35, was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid community service and had to pay Sophie £500 in compensation, as well as the £3,000 prosecution charges.
Judge Richard Howarth dubbed what happened an "unpleasant piece of drunken violence" and said Cheryl "showed no remorse whatsoever".
Cheryl repaid her debt to society by sandpapering benches and picking up litter at a local football ground in Newcastle.
But the whole situation seemed to do very little harm to Cheryl’s reputation, and she went on to become more popular than ever.
Cheryl’s position in Girls Aloud was never affected by what happened and she went on to launch a successful solo career.
She even became one of the nation’s sweethearts after landing a judging position on the X Factor in 2008 and was made the face of L’Oreal.
Cheryl later addressed what happened in her 2012 autobiography, My Story.
Telling her side of the events, she said: "Completely out of nowhere, I was hit in the face.
"I swear on my mother’s life that’s what happened.
"As the months went on and I prepared for the trial, I started to see that it was not acceptable to have hit her under any circumstances, even in self-defence."
Cheryl has also worked closely with Prince Charles as an ambassador for his Prince’s Trust, even setting up her own Cheryl’s Trust in her native Newcastle to help underprivileged kids.
In 2007, Cheryl said in an interview that she wished the assault hadn’t happened.
Most recently, she was asked about it in an interview with the Guardian Guide earlier this month.
Cheryl works closely with Prince Charles as an ambassador for his Prince’s Trust
Peter Robinson – the interviewer – noted that the "temperature in the room seems to drop several degrees" when he questioned her about it.
Cheryl said questions about the attack were "irrelevant".
She added: "I don’t understand why you’d even bring it up."
And while Cheryl’s X Factor performance was panned by some people, of course, many loved it, with her loyal fans sticking by her.
She released a statement following the negative reports, saying she wanted to thank the people who had sent her "lovely comments" about her return to the show.
She said: "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 added that she had watched her performance back and that she "LOVED IT!"
Cheryl’s representatives did not want to comment.
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