Entertainment Cheryl’s sadness over shock claims

22:25  04 may  2021
22:25  04 may  2021 Source:   heatworld.com

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In recent weeks, The X Factor, Simon Cowell, and his multimedia company Syco have all come under fire from former contestants of the singing competition show. Rebecca Ferguson, Jedward, Cher Lloyd, and now Katie Waissel have made claims of bullying and even sexual assault.

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Now, we’re told that – after being mentor to three of the acts who have spoken out – Cheryl is upset and concerned for everyone involved. The star, who’s been very quiet on social media over the past year and is rarely pictured in public, was spotted on a dog walk last week, looking deep in thought.

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“Cheryl has a naturally caring nature, and feels really sad and worried,” an insider tells heat. “She feels as though it’s turning into a huge controversy, and she’ll be expected to say something soon and will have to pick a side, which she absolutely doesn’t want to do. Cheryl may have worked on the show for years, but she doesn’t believe she should be dragged into any scandals that she didn’t play a part in.”

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Former contestant Rebecca Ferguson, 34, recently demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the music industry to protect artists, saying that managers and agents should “face a tribunal should they mistreat an artist or employee”. Twins John and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward, were more blunt, writing on Twitter that their “biggest regret in life” was not telling the show’s judges to “f--k off”. They also claimed that Little Mix and 1D were bound from speaking out by their contracts.

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Katie Waissel, 35, claimed last week that she was assaulted by a member of The X Factor team while in a hotel in the US, years after she appeared on the show. In an interview, the singer said, “I was paralysed with shock. All I could think was, ‘How am I going to leave this room?’ I was a victim, but I wouldn’t allow myself to recognise just how terrible it had been. I’ve never spoken before, as I thought I’d be blacklisted and never work again. I was vulnerable, but times have changed, and I now feel bold enough to speak out.”

Syco did investigate, and the man in question denied her claims. Katie said that she dropped the complaint, but only because she was pregnant and was worried about the added stress. But her accusation, on top of complaints of bullying and harassment on The X Factor, are clearly making people nervous about what else might come out.

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“Cheryl was a huge part of the show and she was privy to a lot of backstage drama, but that’s all,” our source says. “But it feels like a day of reckoning could be coming. Cheryl is very private, but the more stories that keep popping up, the more she feels pressure to say something. It’s upsetting, she’s been quite tearful.”

We’re told the mum of one – who is rumoured to be hosting her own radio show soon, after being “inundated” with offers – is concerned about having to choose sides. “Cheryl’s top priority has always been her son – she doesn’t want Bear reading stuff about her that’s unfair or untrue when he’s older,” we’re told. “She feels upset for those speaking out. Her memories of that time are mostly happy. She wants to be loyal to Simon, but at the same time, she doesn’t want to throw herself into the fire like Sharon Osbourne did when she defended Piers Morgan. Cheryl just wants a quiet life with Bear, really.”

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Cheryl takes her new dog out for a walk during rare sighting .
The former Girls Aloud star, 37, marked a rare public sighting as she took her new pet dog out for a chilly walk in Buckinghamshire on Tuesday. The former Girls Aloud star, 37 - who moved from her ex-boyfriend Liam Payne's Surrey mansion to a village with her son Bear, four, in March 2019 - opted for a casual look as she was joined by her dapple dachshund and a friend  in a park.Musician Cheryl has maintained a relatively low profile throughout the pandemic, having last been pictured out to meet an amputee Billy Monger in support of his Comic Relief fundraising mission in February.

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