Cheryl has revealed that she will not be taking on lots of work again in future, explaining that her break from the public eye has taught her to only pursue work that makes her truly happy.
Singer and former The Greatest Dancer and The X Factor panellist Cheryl has taken some time out of the spotlight during the Covid-19 pandemic and also took a break from social media for a year, and she has now told Marie Claire that she doesn’t intend on being as busy with work again as she used to be.
“I’m not doing that to myself again,” she said. “I’m only going to do stuff that makes me truly happy. I think life falls into place when you focus on that intent. Only happiness. Only authenticity. I won’t spend time on anything that makes me feel stressed or nervous. I haven’t got the energy.”
Cheryl added that experiencing the pandemic has been a “really valuable lesson”, explaining that having the time to reflect on what matters to her has shown her what is really important.
“It’s not worth it. The pandemic actually taught us that. You speak to people now and they don’t want to go back to their normal lives,” she said.
“I think we’ve learnt a really valuable lesson, as horrible and tragic and despicable as it was, and it brought a lot of awareness and self reflection, for the better. It’s about what’s important, and what makes you happy, and what makes you miserable.”
Cheryl is mum to four-year-old son Bear, who she shares with her former partner, singer Liam Payne, and she revealed that being a parent has made her realise “how little some of the stuff you cared about – and I mean, really cared – actually matters”.
“They’re your responsibility. Their happiness, their wellbeing,” she said of having a child. “You just become second in the family. And it’s for all the right reasons in my case. You think to yourself, ‘Oh my god, I really cared about that? Wow.'”
Liam recently praised his ex Cheryl, calling her “the best person to co-parent with”.
“No stress involved,” he said. “It’s very, very relaxed, and we spend a lot of time on FaceTime. And it’s been really lovely, and I’m closer to them than I’ve ever been before, actually, which is really, really nice.”
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