Cheryl has spoken openly about how being at the height of her fame affected her mental health and how she struggled to cope.
The former Girls Aloud star has taken a step back from the spotlight in recent years following the birth of her son, Bear, in 2017.
The singer, who is about to return to the stage in her first acting role in West End play 2:22 A Ghost Story, acknowledges the media attention and scrutiny she faced during her divorce from footballer Ashley Cole in 2010 , when she was also one. The judge on The X Factor and a successful solo artist, was a “perfect storm” and there was “a lot of pressure”.
He said Independent: “I was already known with Girls Aloud and it (grew) to just a certain level of fame, for the first four or five years. And then The X Factor hit, and I had a lot of personal stuff going on at the time.
“It was all like a perfect storm,” she said. “I was so caught up in it, I couldn’t get out of it. It was too much for me. There was too much pressure and it made it less enjoyable. And it was stagnant.
When asked how she coped, she replied: “To be honest I didn’t.”
As well as dealing with an unhealthy “level of intrusion” from the press, the 39-year-old revealed she also had to deal with stalkers.
“There were people waiting for me outside my house, people following me, people following people I was involved with,” she said.
“It was quite different in the end. It was not a healthy situation to be in or a healthy level of intrusion.
He said: “But I got through it somehow. I survived.”
Cheryl’s return to the stage comes 16 months after the death of her Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding from breast cancer in September 2021.
She says the band has no plans to reform, but hasn’t ruled it out completely.
“There weren’t. We’re not there yet,” she told the newspaper. “I’ll never say never because I’ve learned not to do that in life. But nothing’s on the cards and we haven’t spoken in years outside of friendship. We haven’t talked about Girls Aloud; we’ve only talked about life.
last July, Cheryl reunited with her Girls Aloud bandmates kimberly walsh, nadine coyle And Nicola Roberts Join fans and supporters in Race for Life for Sarah, a 5k run to raise money and celebrate Sarah’s life.
Read the full interview with Cheryl in The Independent Here,
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