Cheryl’s super-awkward response to punching toilet attendant in 2003
She’s recently made a comeback to the charts but there’s one part of Cheryl’s life that she wishes would disappear forever.
In an interview with today’s Guardian Guide , the singer is questioned about her 2003 conviction of actual bodily harm when she punched Sophie Amogbokpa, a toilet attendant, in a club in London.
The interviewer brings up Cheryl’s contract with L’Oreal, and the fact they terminated their work with Munroe Bergdorf when she wrote a blog criticising white privilege. Monroe brought up the fact that they have continued working with Cheryl, despite knowing about her previous conviction for violence.
Cheryl – unsurprisingly – is clearly not happy the subject has been brought up again.
Peter Robinson – the interviewer – notes that the "temperature in the room seems to drop several degrees" when he questions her about it.
It’s all “irrelevant”, Cheryl says. It was 16 years ago – she adds it’s “not news” and the subject is “boring”.
She adds: "I don’t understand why you’d even bring it up.”
She’s then asked what would happen to a girlband member today if they were involved in a similar incident – would they expect to be kicked out from the band?
“Not really,” Cheryl answers, before saying that "I don’t think" people ever mention her assault case today.
Meanwhile, she says that her feud with Lily Allen is finally over, after Lily apologised to her in her recent autobiography.
Cheryl said: "We’re both women, now. We’re both mothers. It sounds like she’s been through a lot of stuff we didn’t know about,” she says.
“Honestly, she’s quite fascinating to me. She’s ballsy, and outspoken, and says what she thinks regardless of what people think of her. To be a woman in the industry and do that takes some balls. I like that about her. Nobody wants a wallflower, do they?”
Her single Love Made Me Do It scraped into the top 20 yesterday at number 19, and but she said writing it with friend Nicola Roberts meant she was given some home truths.
She says that Nicola was quite brutal in her assessment of Cheryl’s love life: "It’s stuff that only a friend of 16 years would get away with. She’d go: ‘She doesn’t f**king stop to think!’ You don’t think that about yourself until someone you love and respect brings it out.”
The Geordie singer also talks about her 19-month old son, Bear, and said she’s always going to keep him out of the press.
“I’m not going to take his childhood away from him and expose him like that!” she says.
“It’s not my decision to make. And there’s trolls everywhere. For someone to make time to go on my page and write something shitty, they’ve got to have a pretty sad life. At the end of the day, I think trolls are just confused fans.”
And for any fans hoping for a Girls Reunion – it’s never going to happen, she finishes with. Only if they offered each member £10 million each, she adds.
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