Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: 'I surround myself with strong women, and I try to empower others'

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has sent a message to her Instagram followers encouraging female empowerment.

The former Girls Aloud star shared the message to her 2.3 million followers, asking why women try to pull each other down, and said she always strives to "empower others".

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at Salmontini restaurant in Belgravia.
9 March 2016.

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Making the statement just two days after International Women's Day, Cheryl shared a post which read "girls compete with each other, women empower one another."

Cheryl wrote: "It can be so hard at times being a girl, for sooo many reasons! But we don't have to make it harder for each other.. Why do we still feel the need to do that ?? I don't understand it.

"I have always been a Girls girl, and love other strong women. That is why I surround myself with them, and that is why I try to empower others. Trying to pull another person down, only speaks volumes about your character! And not a thing about theirs.. There's nothing more powerful or beautiful than an inspiring, strong women that you can look up to or turn to... Be one!!! [sic]"

Cheryl's Instagram message came as she hit back at reports following new pictures of her and Liam Payne on a night out this week.

Cheryl and One Direction star Liam appeared to confirm their romance by making their first public appearance while holding hands after leaving a venue in London.

But Cheryl has hit back, and while not commenting on her relationship, she simply said that it was not a "romantic dinner". She tweeted: "Just an FYI ..I wasn't out last night for a 'romantic dinner' I was out celebrating @Lily_England 30th birthday with everyone we love #facts."

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