Cheryl EXCLUSIVE: ‘We allow bad behaviour and wonder why they treat us badly’: Singer reveals TRUE meaning behind feisty new single Let You following Liam Payne split
She released her comeback single, Love Made Me Do It, in November.
And Cheryl has exclusively spoken to MailOnline about her brand new feisty track, Let You, and the meaning behind it.
The Fight for This Love hitmaker, 35, revealed that the catchy anthem and its lyrics is a ‘sophisticated subject’ with a ‘good old fashioned pop beat’, which she wrote with former Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts.
Let You: Cheryl has exclusively spoken to MailOnline about her brand new feisty track, Let You, and the meaning behind it
Cheryl has been teasing snippets of Let You throughout the week, with several fans thinking the lyrics, which include ‘you don’t understand the chance I took on you’ and ‘I was passive, you took advantage’, about her ex-boyfriend Liam Payne, 25.
However, the mother-of-one has revealed that this isn’t the case at all and the song isn’t from a ‘personal experience’ or even ‘that deep’.
Instead, Cheryl wanted to write a song to empower everyone, especially women, with ‘mature storytelling’.
Feisty: The singer, 35, revealed that the catchy anthem is a ‘sophisticated subject’ with a ‘good old fashioned pop beat’, which she wrote with former Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts
Electro pop dance anthem: Cheryl has been teasing snippets of Let You (produced by Mike Spencer) throughout the week
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline about the lyrics, she said: ‘For some reason, sometimes as women we allow a lot of bad behaviour and then we wonder why they treat us badly… it’s about setting boundaries and being like that’s not OK.’
She added: ‘It was really like, I’m mature enough to say it was my fault, I let you treat me that way.
‘I only let you treat me that way because I let you and the video represents that as well, a girl, me, living in an apartment and then feeling empowered when I leave, dancing with my friends in the street, as you do!’
Teaser: Cheryl wanted to write a song to empower everyone, especially women, with ‘mature storytelling’
Girl power: Cheryl wanted to write a song to empower everyone, especially women, with ‘mature storytelling’ – she wrote the song with former Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts
Superstar: The new video for Cheryl’s sensational tune Let You has officially been released for her delighted fans
Talking about the inspiration behind the track, she added: ‘I was writing the song with Nicola and a friend of ours, and the friend of ours was up to here going through stuff with men.
‘We were all chatting amongst ourselves and I said I wanted a song that’s not your typical way of saying: “I’m sorry for this, you did that, I did this, I love you, you don’t love me, or whatever” and that’s what we came up with.’
However, despite fans already thinking the track could be about one of Cheryl’s exes, the star admitted she’s ‘not worried’ about people making a personal connection and added that it’s a song for everyone.
She said: ‘I’m not worried, I mean, obviously you know it’s coming from me so that’s bound to happen anyway, but I didn’t sit there writing anything from a personal experience.
‘I wanted to write a song for everyone, especially women, to be like: “Yeah, I get that,” they can sing along with it… it’s really not that deep!’
Not personal!: Several fans thinking the lyrics are about her ex-beau Liam Payne, 25, to which the singer has said the song is not personal or even deep (Cheryl pictured with ex Liam in a throwback snap)
Motherhood: The singer spoke about how she manages to balance her hectic career and still be home for ‘bath time’ with her her two-year-old son, Bear, who she shares with ex-boyfriend Liam (pictured in January)
Cheryl added that she really enjoyed the writing process of Let You with her former Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts, noting that you can’t buy what experience they have after a 16-year friendship within the music industry.
She said: ‘It was really fun writing stuff with people you relate to and I enjoyed being with Nicola, we’ve got a 16-year long friendship, you couldn’t buy that sort of experience when you’re writing music and you’re experimenting with different stuff.’
Cheryl has had a very busy year after making her debut as a judge on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer, as well as her music comeback.
And the star spoke about how she manages to balance her hectic career and still be home for ‘bath time’ with her her two-year-old son, Bear, who she shares with ex-boyfriend Liam Payne.
Cheryl admitted that it’s ‘not easy’ and that it can be ’emotionally hard’ being a working mum, she said: ‘It’s not easy mostly, emotionally it’s hard but I just feel like I’m getting a good balance but it takes some time.
Sweet: Cheryl added that it will be funny trying to explain what she does to Bear when he’s older, although he’s already started recognising her and his famous father Liam on the television (pictured after his birth with Liam in March 2017)
‘It’s not easy, it’s really not easy being a working mum. You just find it somehow, I’ll do things in the morning to make sure I’m there for bed and bath time, so I’ve woke him up for breakfast and I’m back for him going to bed.
‘He doesn’t know any different at this point, he’s out playing, he doesn’t care. Even if I’m there, he’s not looking at me, he’s playing with his Lego or whatever he’s doing. His happiness is the main thing at the end of the day.’
Cheryl added that it will be funny trying to explain what she does to Bear when he’s older, although he’s already started recognising her and his famous father Liam on the television.
She said: ‘I haven’t done that yet as I’m still teaching him ABC… I’m not there yet, but I don’t know how I’m going to explain that [her career]. But he watches videos and stuff on the phone or TV and he always goes “aw” and gives us a cuddle.
Candid: Cheryl admitted that it’s ‘not easy’ and that it can be ’emotionally hard’ being a working mum
‘Trailer trash’: Cheryl uploaded another sexy behind-the-scenes snap from her music video to celebrate the release
‘He recognises something is happening, even with his dad [Liam Payne] as well. He’s like, “how are they in the phone, what are you doing in the phone dancing away?”
‘So there will come that time, probably when he’s about eight or nine, even six of seven, he’ll be like: “So what do you do for work?” when he goes to school and his friends are curious.’
Talking about a theme with her new music, she said: ‘I think they’re all just really relatable songs and fun, empowering women, that to me, pop music should always be fun.
‘If it’s not fun or tongue-in-cheek then don’t bother, basically. It should make people feel uplifted. That’s how I want you to feel, I just hope people will enjoy it.’
The singer also added that she loves touring and it’s one of her favourite things to do, although it’s a bit trickier to do now with a baby.
In-demand star: Cheryl has had a very busy year after making her debut as a judge on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer (pictured on the show), as well as her music comeback
Cheryl also spoke about trolling and admitted that it has ‘no impact on her life’, she said: ‘That’s been happening for 17 years and I’m used to it, I’m a duck!
‘It’s b******s, it is. I’ve told you, what someone else thinks of you, is none of your business. It’s true. It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t make a difference to my life.
‘I actually worry about the people writing it sometimes, I think: “How do you have time? Do you have nothing going on in your life?” That’s sad!
‘The same people would never say it your face, it’s just silly really, it’s nonsense. And as I say, it has no impact on my life… it’s a reflection of how they’re feeling really.’
However, Cheryl admitted that she does worry for children, especially as cyber bullying continues to rise.
Feisty: Cheryl also spoke about trolling and admitted that it has ‘no impact on her life’, she said: ‘That’s been happening for 17 years and I’m used to it, I’m a duck! It’s b******s, it is.’
She said: ‘With kids though, that’s a different thing, that I care about and how it affects the youth, I really care about that. People are basing their value and self-worth over a stranger liking their [social media] or not. Who cares?
‘But you can’t say that to a teenager or even younger people, it means the world to them. That breaks my heart a little bit, with age you can get stronger and realise it is so irrelevant to your life. But to them, it’s their world.
‘I also worry say if you go to school and someone’s picking on you, it doesn’t stop, you go home and they still are able to do that. I just really wish it would be removed by the police, it’s gone too far!’
Cheryl’s former The X Factor co-judge, Simon Cowell, has recently gone vegan and the singer admitted she wants to be more plant-based.
She said about being vegan: ‘I know! I would actually, I mean I don’t eat loads of meats, I am a meat eater because when I did a thing about my blood type once it said that I need meat. I wouldn’t be very well if I didn’t eat it.
Looking good: Cheryl’s former The X Factor co-judge, Simon Cowell (far left), has recently gone vegan and the singer admitted she wants to be more plant-based
Pals: She said: ‘Alesha [Dixon] is vegan, I don’t know if she is during her pregnancy, but she’s vegan. She has been for like ten years, it’s not a trend or recent for her, she’s the OG.’
‘So I don’t want that to happen, obviously, but I do want to be more plant-based. A little bit of meat but more plant-based.
‘Alesha [Dixon] is vegan, I don’t know if she is during her pregnancy, but she’s vegan. She has been for like ten years, it’s not a trend or recent for her, she’s the OG, she’s been doing it for about ten years.
‘I went to America for a few weeks just now and I practically lived vegan because it was so ready to made… if it was more ready made and easier to grab, I think I would do more. But I’m trying to be good, just for healthy reasons.’
Cheryl was in Los Angeles to film her music video for her new single, Let You, and joked that she was so cold at night time she could ‘barely breath’.
Tour fan: The singer also added that she loves touring and it’s one of her favourite things to do, although it’s a bit trickier to do now with a baby (pictured in 2012)
She said: ‘The video, we shot it in downtown LA, it looked like New York, because it was overcast, thankfully, if I had to do that dance routine outside in the blaring heat… I would not have survived! Thankfully it was cool, it’s a very different vibe down there.
‘Downtown LA is different, it’s more like New York, there’s a nice energy, it’s still crazy, but I like that, it’s interesting. Anyway, we shot the video there and by the night time shoot it was so cold I could barely breath, but we still got on with it, it was fun, we actually thoroughly enjoyed the day.
‘It went without a hitch, usually like something’s happened or a hair clip has fallen out… there’s always something problematic. It actually went really smoothly… I was like: “Is this a wrap? Are you sure you have everything?”
‘It was actually really lovely. I was actually out there a few weeks before, so I wasn’t jet lagged. I was into a routine, sleeping at the right time, it was just really good.’
Cheryl’s new single, Let You, is out now.
What a woman!: She released her comeback single, Love Made Me Do It, in November (pictured performing the track on The X Factor in November 2018)
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