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Cheryl forced to hire security after “nasty” messages from stalker

She's seeing the darker side of fame

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Girls Aloud singer Cheryl has confirmed that a series of messages from a stalker have led to her hiring her own private security detail.

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Cheryl has admitted to hiring personal security after receiving messages from a stalker (Credit: Splash News)

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Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, the singer opened up about the darker side of fame, claiming that being stalked online meant she started worrying about her safety.

“I’ve had the same person constantly sending me weird messages, and nasty things said,” she said.

“I have security now for big things as you just never know.”

Cheryl has seen the effect that stalking can have on someone’s sense of well-being up close, after being a source of comfort to friend and fellow Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts in the past.

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Cheryl previously supported bandmate Nicola through her own stalker ordeal (Credit: Instagram)

Nicola found herself forced to take out a restraining order against her ex, Carl Davies, after he stalked her for five years.

After years of harassment, including death threats, Nicola went to the police – and turned to her former bandmate for support.

At the time, a source told Closer Magazine that Cheryl had even offered to let Nicola move in with her full time.

“Kimberley [Walsh] and Cheryl have been her rocks and she’s spent a lot of time at their homes in the past few months,” the source said.

“She even joked she could stay at Cheryl’s and be baby Bear’s full time nanny.”

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The singer is currently a judge on reality show The Greatest Dancer (Credit: BBC)

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And now the Greatest Dancer judge is experiencing the trauma of stalking herself – but she’s trying not to let it put a damper on her life.

“Obviously fame isn’t always perfect,” she said. “But right now — doing The Greatest Dancer and recording my music — I am happy.

“I feel level, settled in my skin and just comfortable in who I am.”

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