Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will be taking legal action after a fashion journalist shared a photo of the X Factor judge next to a “white substance” that could be mistaken for drugs.
The image was posted on the journalist’s Instagram account alongside the caption, “Sadness in her eyes”, referencing Kay Burley’s infamous tweet about a dog in Paris following the terrorist attack on November 13th.
The photo was taken in the bathroom at the London Coliseum, where Cheryl was one of the many celebrity guests at the British Fashion Awards.
The now-deleted snap shows Cheryl washing her hands, seemingly oblivious to three lines of what appears to be substance on the counter beside her.
The bathroom is obviously busy, and there is no reason to believe that the white substance had anything to do with Cheryl, or that she was involved in any form of drug use.
The star has understandably now decided to take legal action to stop the incriminating photo from circulating, with a legal notice being sent from Cheryl’s lawyers to ban the publication of the image.
A source told The Sun: “It’s outrageous that someone in the fashion industry has taken a picture of Cheryl like this and posted it publicly.
“She absolutely despises drugs and any connection linking her to them is ridiculous. She was just using the toilet.”
Cheryl has always been very vocal about her views on drug use, previously admitting that the overdose of a close friend, John Courtney, was enough to stop her from ever even considering taking drugs.
The star shared: “It put me off drugs for life. That nightmare devastated all John’s family and friends.
“The nightmare devastated all John’s family. Seeing him in a coffin was terrible. And to see pictures of [Pete] Doherty glamorising the habit, and with Kate Moss on his arm, too. It makes me sick.
“There were lots of users in my area. Heroin was there for the taking, I could easily have taken that route if I’d wanted to.
“But I always maintained my ambition and I’m proud of myself.”
We’re proud of you too, Cheryl - please don’t ever change.