In a week of setbacks for Cheryl , with a lowly chart entry for her new single Love Made Me Do It and widespread criticism of her ‘overly sexual’ X Factor appearance, the former Girls Aloud beauty could do without any more salt being rubbed in the wound.
But that is exactly what she’s got the shape of the weekly Spotify streaming figures.
Love Made Me Do It, Cheryl’s big comeback hope co-written by old Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts, is only picking up 59,000 streams a day – earning it a somewhat unimpressive number 136 spot on the UK Spotify chart.
That’s only 150 streams ahead of Justin Bieber’s Christmas ballad Mistletoe. Which came out in 2011.
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By contrast former squeeze Liam Payne – who Love Made Me Do It is categorically not about –is collecting an average of 130,000 streams a day and sitting at an altogether more impressive number 38 in Spotify’s ranking.
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And while the Geordie lass was once the nation’s sweetheart, she has been stung by the welter of complaints from the public about her X-Factor showcase.
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 salty statement hitting back at the haters on Twitter, implying that many more people had liked the performance than were offended by i – and the number of complaints received by Ofcom trebled.
Cheryl’s X Factor performance was poorly received
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Cheryl still has plenty of support though, not least from Liam Payne’s sister Ruth who proved that blood is thicker than water as she turned up to support Cheryl at her first arena show in four years.
The 35-year-old singer took to the stage at Hits Radio Live in Manchester tonight and Ruth Payne was there to cheer her on.
Liam’s current single is performing rather better than Cheryl’s
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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.
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