Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts criticises "misogyny" in media after Cheryl and Liam Payne split

Nicola Roberts has defended Girls Aloud bandmate Cheryl, criticising the media for being misogynistic following the highly publicised split between Cheryl and Liam Payne.

Cheryl and Liam confirmed their break-up in a joint statement on Sunday (July 1).

Nicola appeared on today’s episode (July 5) of Loose Women as a guest, and while she indicated that Cheryl was doing well, she brought up some of the problematic articles she’s read in the last few days about the news.

“[Cheryl is] good. She’s okay,” she said. “I actually think what’s been interesting this week is how the misogny through the media has played out.

“There’s been a couple of articles saying, ‘Why can’t she hold a man down?’ and things like that, and it’s just like – why can’t a man hold her down, you know?

“But she’s on the mend. She’s good.”

Cheryl and Liam said in their joint statement that it was a “tough decision for us to make”, adding: “We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”

Bear is Cheryl and Liam’s 1-year-old son, Bear Payne, who they welcomed in March 2017.

Elsewhere, Nicola was asked about a possible Girls Aloud reunion. Although she didn’t say it would never happen, she said that she was working on her own music projects.

“It’s actually lovely that we’re still continuously asked,” the singer said. “At the moment, I’m halfway through my record, and I’ve been helping Cheryl put her record together after six months.”

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.

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