X Factor: Cheryl hits back at those calling her 'thin'

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has told Newsbeat she can "take" recent criticism of her weight.

But the X Factor judge has warned of the effects the words may have on young girls.

She was photographed showing her midriff at auditions in Salford last week sparking some on Twitter to call her a "walking skeleton".

But at auditions in London today, Cheryl told Newsbeat: "I've been doing this for 13 years now I can take it."

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The star has recently lost her father-in-law and had hit back last week after photos appeared in newspapers.

Writing on Instagram, she said: "I'm so sick of people thinking it's okay to be mean or body shame anyone. And it's always woman on woman."

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Today, as thousands of X Factor hopefuls waited to impress, she warned of the dangers of those comments.

"People going through similar things to me that feel the same thing it hurts them," she added.

"They're young girls [seeing those comments] and it shouldn't be happening."

Cheryl, who recently celebrated her 32nd birthday, married Jean-Bernard last year.

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The X Factor will be back on ITV later this year, with Cheryl joined by new judges Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora.

Simon Cowell is returning too. He's the defending champion after winning with Ben Haenow in the Overs category last year.

Some of the judges are calling for the format to be changed in the upcoming series.

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