X Factor judge Cheryl sparked concern for her health earlier this month after showcasing a tiny figure in a crop top during auditions in Manchester.
Her close friend and X Factor colleague Simon has now spoken out to say Cheryl is looking after herself and not starving herself or trying to look thin.
Simon told The Sun: "This is not someone who is trying to make herself thin. I think she did pick up a bug. And I think the way she's approaching what was addressed about her weight in a very open way – by saying she is thin and is trying to put on weight – is great."
Cheryl had hit back at bodyshamers via Instagram a couple of weeks ago, saying her thin frame was partially due to grieving the death of her father-in-law.
She said: "I am so sick and tired of it being ok to call somebody too thin or a 'bag of bones'. I would never dream of calling somebody too fat and that they should maybe cut down on their food intake? What is the difference? You have no idea what I have been through. Just losing my father in law v recently and everything that comes with that. Not that I am or should justify myself to anyone. (sic)"
"I'm so f***ing sick of people thinking it's ok to be mean or body shame anyone. And it's woman on woman. Have some respect and maybe think there may be reasons why before opening your mouth please. I am just tired of the ignorance...At some point it's just enough. Some people are naturally thin. My mother is all of 4'11 and six stone something. And is incredible healthy and happy.(sic)"
Simon, 55, told The Sun that Cheryl, 32, is definitely eating, saying the first thing they did together in Manchester was find a burger outlet to chow down.
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