Why did Cheryl take a year-long break from social media?

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Photo credit: Shirlaine Forrest - Getty Images
Photo credit: Shirlaine Forrest - Getty Images

There was once a time when Cheryl (Cole/Tweedy) was in almost every magazine and on our TV screens daily. But in recent years, the Girls Aloud singer has been noticeably missing from the spotlight.

In an interview with Marie Claire, Cheryl revealed she's decided to take a step back from her usual busy schedule and also took a year-long break from social media.

"I think we've learnt a really valuable lesson," she said, speaking about the pandemic. "It [COVID-19] brought a lot of awareness and self reflection, for the better. It's about what's important, and what makes you happy," she added.

"You speak to people now and they don't want to go back to their normal lives."

After winning Popstars: The Rivals with her band in 2002 and releasing five Number One singles in the UK, Cheryl landed judging roles on both The X Factor and The Greatest Dancer. But Cheryl admitted she's "not doing that to myself again."

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"I'm only going to do stuff that makes me truly happy," she said, "I won't spend time on anything that makes me feel stressed or nervous. I haven't got the energy."

As well as her career, Cheryl has a four-year-old son, Bear, who she shares with her ex, Liam Payne. In her interview, she also spoke about how parenthood has made her realise "how little some of the stuff you cared about – and I mean, really cared – actually matters."

So, there you have it. Here's to setting boundaries and doing what makes you happy 👏

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