Liam Payne’s family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

Liam Payne’s sister Ruth has proved that blood is thicker than water as she’s turned up to support Cheryl at her first arena show in four years.

The 35-year-old singer is taking to the stage at Hits Radio Live in Manchester tonight and Ruth Payne is there to cheer her on.

Cheryl and Liam split in July after two years together and now share custody of their one-year-old son Bear.

And Bear’s aunty Ruth is clearly still a fan of her former sister-in-law proving that there’s no hard feelings in the Payne family over the split.

"Good luck tonight @CherylOfficial! Smash it," she tweeted.

And fans went nuts for the show of solidarity.

Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

Cheryl will perform in Manchester tonight
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Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

Liam Payne and his sister Ruth

"Ugh… What a supportive family," one fan tweeted.

"Loving the support," another added.

Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

The Payne family are close

Earlier this week, complaints about Cheryl’s controversial performance on The X Factor have skyrocketed overnight.

The 35-year-old singer faced a backlash from fans after her sexy routine – which saw her lick her own hand and writhe on stage – on the family show.

Initially, 15 people lodged formal complaints with the watchdog after she shocked viewers with her raunchy moves before the 9pm watershed.

But then Cheryl released a sassy statement hitting back at the haters on Twitter – and the number of complaints received by Ofcom trebled overnight.

By Wednesday at 2pm, the watchdog received a further 30 complaints – taking the total up to 45, according to the Daily Mail .

Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

Cheryl has seen complaints about her performance triple overnight
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Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

Cheryl is gearing up for another performance in Manchester
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"We have now received 45 complaints about the above which we are assessing against our broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate," a spokesperson said.

But Cheryl has turned the other cheek, putting the performance behind her as she gets ready to sing at Hits Radio Live in Manchester on Sunday.

The petite brunette posed for a mirror selfie with her PA Lily England, videographer Theo and her choreographer Elizabeth McKenna.

"Rehearsals for Manchester #squad," she commented on Instagram.

While Cheryl might be whipping up more seductive dance moves, X Factor viewers are still reeling from her x-rated antics on Sunday night.

Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

At one point Cheryl started crawling along the floor in bizarre scenes
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Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

She shocked fans with her sexy moves

She grabbed her crotch, licked her hand and writhed around on the floor to her new track Love Made Me Do It.

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, who is close friends with her ex Liam Payne, looked a bit hot under the collar as he watched Cheryl from the judges’ desk.

One viewer said: "This is actually s***… Why did she lick her hand at the start there…"

"Cheryl licking her hand tattoo is about as appealing as this performance/song," added another.

A third said: "I just don’t understand? Cheryl? Can she even sing? … bizarre"

"Not sure if it’s the sound or she just can’t sing, but this sounds bad," said a fourth.

Producers must have been sweating over her performance, which took a lot of inspiration from her sultry music video for the new song.

The judges seemed impressed and gave her a standing ovation after the performance ended.

Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

Cheryl takes another swipe at the haters after her X Factor performance
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Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

She’s holding her head high amid the furore
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Last night Cheryl released a statement hitting back at the "shocking and relentless" abuse she’s faced after her X Factor performance on Sunday night.

Viewers 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".

Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

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Liam Payne's family support Cheryl as she takes on first arena show since controversial comeback

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.

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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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