When Cheryl announced her pop return by deleting all her posts on Instagram to make room for her first music video in five years, fans rallied around in anticipation of what the 'Fight for this Love' singer would do next.
When Cheryl released 'Love Made Me Do It', written by her former bandmate Nicola Roberts and noughties singer Natasha Bedingfield, it received a lukewarm reception and, sadly, her performance on The X Factor - the TV show that helped bring her career to the next level - fell flat for viewers.
Fans of the X Factor branded her performance as 'atrocious' and 'shocking' on social media. The singer took to Twitter to respond to criticism from viewers and the press who've accused the former Girls Aloud singer of undergoing plastic surgery.
In her official statement, Cheryl thanked her fans for their support but questioned why the press continued to write click-bait articles about her performance and appearance.
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— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) November 20, 2018
The Essex singer continues to receive mixed reviews online with some questioning why her performance deserves not to be critiqued:
Sadly when In the public eye you leave yourself open to criticism. On a singing show it will be even worse because people are listening closely. It’s part and parcel and bullying is not ok, but to say you were shocking is not bullying it’s just opinions.
— Kyleigh (@XKysx) November 20, 2018
Thing is Cheryl I liked the performance but the singing was terrible, it was flat at times and im sure you as a judge would have pointed that out to any contestant so it's people being honest, the dancing was awesome ?
— @hayley_stylez (@hayley_stylez) November 20, 2018