Katie Hopkins hits back at Cheryl's skinny-shaming rant and claims star's recent weight-loss is a bid to 'outdress Rita Ora'

Katie Hopkins has hit back at Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's impassioned 'skinny-shaming' rant.

The acid-tongued columnist claimed the X Factor judge's recent weight-loss could be down to her wanting to 'outdress Rita Ora' on the panel and 'impress' show boss Simon Cowell, who famously axed her from the US version of the talent contest in 2011.

Suggesting Cheryl's striking looks are her 'only asset', Katie, 40, went so far as to claim the 32-year-old pop princess has cashed in on her appearance in the past with 'lucrative contracts for clothing and beauty products'.

Firing back: Katie Hopkins has hit back at Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's impassioned 'skinny-shaming' rant, claiming the singer has cashed-in on her looks in the past
Firing back: Katie Hopkins has hit back at Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's impassioned 'skinny-shaming' rant, claiming the singer has cashed-in on her looks in the past

Firing back: Katie Hopkins has hit back at Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's impassioned 'skinny-shaming' rant, claiming the singer has cashed-in on her looks in the past 

In response to Cheryl's call for body-shaming to be made 'illegal' earlier this week, Katie vented in her column for The Sun newspaper, hinting the Geordie star has been hypocritical with her comments.

She wrote: 'She [Cheryl] would like you to know her weight issues are due to the death of her father-in-law and are not in any way linked to the need to outdress Rita Ora or impress Simon Cowell, who sees her as a disposable item.

'However, it is perfectly legal for her looks to be her only asset, to rake in lucrative contracts for clothing and beauty products off the back of them and to be idolised by legions for being pretty.

'It's only illegal if you aren't being complimentary. Do you get it, pet?' 

Body-shaming spokesperson: Cheryl launched an impassioned rant about skinny-shaming on her Instagram page on Thursday in which she reiterated 'there's so much more to life than having the 'perfect body''

Body-shaming spokesperson: Cheryl launched an impassioned rant about skinny-shaming on her Instagram page on Thursday in which she reiterated 'there's so much more to life than having the 'perfect body''

Katie's comments come after Cheryl launched an impassioned skinny-shaming rant only hours after declaring 'it should be illegal' for people to publicly attack others over their appearance.

The singer has embarked on a one-woman mission to put a stop to the body-shaming phenomenon once and for all and her latest move saw her deliver some home truths via her Instagram page.

The lengthy outburst - which was posted online on Thursday -  saw Cheryl hammer home the message that 'there's so much more to life than having the 'perfect body' via her Instagram page. 

The message started: 'The other side of body shaming is skinny shaming. I think this happens just as much as shaming someone for being bigger. 

'How often do you hear someone say, 'give that girl a sandwich', or 'she needs a good feed'?'

Delivering some home truths: Cheryl, 32, explained why the public are so quick to attack people over their appearance, claiming the media is to blame

Delivering some home truths: Cheryl, 32, explained why the public are so quick to attack people over their appearance, claiming the media is to blame

She continued: 'Everyone says they want the 'perfect body' and have so many body goals, but when a girl is just that bit too skinny, in your eyes, she gets judged.'

Cheryl went on to claim it is the media's persistent promotion of unrealistic body ideals that's to blame for the public's judgemental attitude, saying, 'it's OK for your thighs to touch'.

In sharing the self-penned note, Cheryl's main aim was to instil body confidence in the youth of today and she hoped to encourage them to look beyond the pressures of achieving the 'perfect body'. 

She continued: 'There is so, so, so, so much more to life than having the 'perfect body'. Every young person needs to understand that. 

'It's OK for your thighs to touch': Cheryl- whose been bombarded with weight criticism in recent months -hoped to instil body confidence in her young followers
'It's OK for your thighs to touch': Cheryl- whose been bombarded with weight criticism in recent months -hoped to instil body confidence in her young followers

'It's OK for your thighs to touch': Cheryl- whose been bombarded with weight criticism in recent months -hoped to instil body confidence in her young followers

'Don't give a f**k what people think': The returning X Factor judge encouraged the youth of today to look beyond the media's perception of what makes a 'perfect body' 

'Don't give a f**k what people think': The returning X Factor judge encouraged the youth of today to look beyond the media's perception of what makes a 'perfect body' 

'Go travelling, learn about different cultures, be happy, fall in love and don't give a f**k about what people think.'

Cheryl ended with a defiant line which read: 'If your main goal in life is to be someone's 'body goals', you need to reconsider your attitude.'

Alongside the post, the former Girls Aloud singer added: 'I think it's about time people just leave others alone with their unnecessary and unwanted opinions and judgements. #liveyourlife.'

Cheryl's rant follows the publication of a new interview in which she admitted she was 'shocked' to learn people had accused her of suffering from an eating disorder after she appeared slimmer as the first round of The X Factor 2015 auditions kicked off earlier in the summer. 

Calling out the skinny shamers: Cheryl  was branded a 'bag of bones' on social media when the ITV show's auditions kicked off this summer

Calling out the skinny shamers: Cheryl was branded a 'bag of bones' on social media when the ITV show's auditions kicked off this summer

She told the Evening Standard Magazine: ‘I can take whatever they [the Press] throw at me after 13 years, what worries me is what it’s doing to the younger generation. 

'And some of the people writing this stuff are women. There is no sisterhood. The body shaming has to stop. It’s bulls**t. Something has to be done, changed, even if it’s done in law.’ 

The singer’s weight has yo-yoed over the years, with the star appearing more athletic when performing on tour but becoming slimmer during times of turmoil.

However, she has insisted she's 'very happy and very healthy' and attributed her unintentional recent weight loss to grief after the sudden death of her husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini's father.

In the hope of silencing the body shamers, she said: ‘Every woman has a different body type and handles stress and grief differently.

‘When I work out, I can look like a tennis player. If I don’t, I look different.’

Bombarded: Cheryl was inundated with comments about her weight when she stepped out to the Manchester auditions in this black co-ord set in July

Bombarded: Cheryl was inundated with comments about her weight when she stepped out to the Manchester auditions in this black co-ord set in July

She first sparked concern among her fans when she was pictured looking noticeably thinner in a black crop top and flares at the Manchester X Factor auditions in July.

In the weeks that have passed, comments on social media about her appearance have escalated and were a talking point when the ITV talent contest returned to screens for its new series on Saturday.

Simon Cowell has previously jumped to the defence of his co-judge, declaring he was not concerned because she was ‘eating like a horse’ and explained her weight loss had been caused by ‘a bug’ and was not intentional.

Cheryl, who was made mentor of the Groups earlier in the week, is tied up with filming The X Factor from now until Christmas as well as helping her charity - Newcastle-based Cheryl’s Trust - raise £2 million to build a centre for disadvantaged young people.

Personal battle: Cheryl has previously said she suffered a ‘nervous breakdown’ in 2011 and did not know what to eat or drink
Personal battle: Cheryl has previously said she suffered a ‘nervous breakdown’ in 2011 and did not know what to eat or drink

Personal battle: Cheryl has previously said she suffered a ‘nervous breakdown’ in 2011 and did not know what to eat or drink

Fighting fit: Cheryl, pictured on stage in 2011 last November, says she has great muscle memory from doing ballet as a child and can look very muscular if she works out in excess

Fighting fit: Cheryl, pictured on stage in 2011 last November, says she has great muscle memory from doing ballet as a child and can look very muscular if she works out in excess

Moving on: The pop princess is focusing on the ITV talent show as well as her Cheryl's Trust charity

Moving on: The pop princess is focusing on the ITV talent show as well as her Cheryl's Trust charity

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