Cheryl Cole has admitted that she will be a little more distant from her X Factor contestants this year, mostly because they are boys.
Cheryl got very emotionally involved with her young female contestants last year, inviting them to sleepovers and dinners regularly.
“This year I think I’ll be less [emotionally] involved,” Cheryl told The Times. “This year I’ve got the boys, and there was something about them being girls, young girls – I felt responsibility for them.”
Cole also added that she rarely reads what the press print about her.
“I couldn’t think of anything worse,” she said. “It would be enough to drive you insane because it’s not always nice, is it? Stuff is just made up.
“It’s not nice to be criticised by another human being, it’s not nice to read it. I used to read it, and I thought, ‘If I was reading this about someone else, I wouldn’t like that person’, so it was very frustrating.”
“It was as if I was reading it about a stranger, so I just stopped,” she said, adding that some stories can amount to “psychological bullying”.
“To be constantly put down because you are in the public eye is a form of bullying. Regardless that I am in the limelight, I still have feelings. So I cut everything out. I don’t read any of it.
“It’s like a protection thing. Ignorance is bliss.”