Tuesday 19 March 2019

'The truth was, I had one hour's sleep that night' - Cheryl explains her controversial 'pillow crease face' appearance

Cheryl is one of the captains on the show (David Ellis/Syco/Thames/BBC/PA)
Cheryl is one of the captains on the show (David Ellis/Syco/Thames/BBC/PA)
Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison and Cheryl on The Greatest Dancer (Tom Dymond/Syco/BBC)
Cheryl appears alongside Oti Mabuse on The Greatest Dancer (David Parry/PA)
Cheryl performing during the filming of The Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)
Cheryl vows to ‘move on’ if music flops after comeback single debuts at 19 (Victoria Jones/PA)
Cheryl has split with L’Oreal, bringing an end to her nine-year partnership (Victoria Jones/PA)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Cheryl has explained her unusual appearance last year, which prompted myriad reports she underwent cosmetic surgery, saying it was simply down to a lack of sleep.

The former Girls Aloud singer (35) who took a lengthy hiatus from the spotlight for a number of years, is back - with new music and a new tv show - and with that, comes the excessive scrutiny of her very public profile. Her return to showbiz was marred by coverage of her appearance, having dropped a significant amount of weight, but it was her turn at a London radio station in November, wearing a short brown wig and a puffy looking face that sparked rumours she had gone under the knife.

"The truth was, I had one hour's sleep that night, which is never good," she told the MailOnline. "I stayed up because the single and video dropped at the same time and I was reading the fan reaction on Twitter. It went a bit far and all of a sudden, it was 3am.

"I went to bed and got up one hour later. So I put on a wig - the short bob was a wig from the music video. They put my hair back in a plait and then put on the wig.  I was so pale and on the way out of the door, the make-up artist was saying to me, 'You've got a big pillow crease in your face that I can't get rid of'. No one had seen the bob, but this is how I've always looked."

Cheryl vows to ‘move on’ if music flops after comeback single debuts at 19 (Victoria Jones/PA)
Cheryl vows to ‘move on’ if music flops after comeback single debuts at 19 (Victoria Jones/PA)

In the revealing sit-down, she also touched on her split with Liam Payne, with whom she has one-year-old son Bear, describing their relationship as "healthy". After two failed marriages - she was married to footballer Ashley Cole from 2006 to 2010 and French restaurateur Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini from 2014 to 2016 - her split with Payne was the final nail in her romantic coffin.

"I wouldn't say I've given up on love. I love, love. But I have paused my relationship goals. All is well. I'm just going with the flow, but I have no plans to meet anybody anytime soon," she said.

"And I know you have to take the highs with the lows, so I'm working on being okay with that, but at the moment, I just don't need it. I don't want it."

As for how she avoids the paparazzi attention during her downtime, in particular her decision not to share photographs of Bear, she said she does her shopping online and visits restaurants through back entrances to avoid detection. But one thing she has to endure is intimate grooming, like every other woman, which can be tricky when you're a celebrity.

"You're thinking, "what are they thinking?" You think they are going to text their friend. I don't wax anymore, by the way. I do laser," she said.

"I have been going to the same family of women for things like that for the last ten years and I trust them. I am human like anyone else. I've got the same as you girls."

Cheryl performing during the filming of The Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)
Cheryl performing during the filming of The Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

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