Cheryl Cole Hits Back After Wild 'X Factor' Performance

On Sunday night, Cheryl Tweedy/Cole/Fernandez-Versini appeared on the UK's 'X Factor' to perform her new song 'Love Made Me Do It'.

It's the first time she's taken to stage since the birth of son Bear -- whom she shares with ex-boyfriend Liam Payne -- and to say the X Factor judge's performance was one to remember would be a wild understatement.

Dressed in a black bodysuit and thigh-high boots, the bizarre show saw the singer pause in the middle of the song and lick her tattooed right hand, after beginning her routine by crawling across the stage.

At one point, host Simon Cowell even commented to fellow host Louis Tomlinson, "Is she all right?" after the former Girls Aloud singer dramatically fell into a heap on the stage.

It wasn't long before Twitter was flooded with comments from viewers, with many labelling the routine 'inappropriate.' According to Media Ofcom, the raunchy performance received 15 complaints "objecting to sexual tone and clothing in Cheryl's routine".

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Cheryl has since hit back at the haters, saying she has since received a "torrent of abuse".

"I wanted to start by saying thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support for my performance on Sunday. You may not have read about them but I definitely saw and felt them!" she began.

"Having spent 16 years in the public eye I have always been accepting of people's opinions. Me personally, my music and performances are never going to be for everyone. And that's OK."

"I let a lot of things lie but the sheer level of unbalanced negativity towards me in the tabloid press these past few days has been frankly shocking and I need to address it".

She continued, "This level of relentless abuse should not be tolerated in any walk of life. From my appearance, my body size and shape to my performance and even dragging innocent people into this like they did to Nile Rodgers simply for a clickbait headline is totally uncalled for. It also gives the trolls a bigger voice and platform."

"What's even more surprising to me is that some of these people are the first to write that we should be being more socially aware and conscious of online bullying and mental health awareness. Is this any different?" she added.

She ended the post by thanking her fans, saying, "being strong minded enough to not be influenced by the negativity", adding: "PS... I did watch my performance back and I LOVED IT!"

You can check out the wild performance below.

Image: Youtube.