LONDON • It is not her mother's fault, said Cheryl.
After news broke that the former judge of reality television music contest The X Factor and One Direction singer Liam Payne were going separate ways, online chat started that her mum was behind the split.
Hurt by such speculation, Cheryl, 35, tweeted: "I hate responding to stuff especially at such difficult times but I cannot sit here and listen to such nasty, false articles regarding my mum.
"I don't know why they involve her in stories about me," she continued. "I am a grown woman who is capable of dealing with my own life.
"She is a soft and kind woman who doesn't deserve to be dragged into something that has nothing whatsoever to do with her."
Formerly known as Cheryl Cole before she adopted a single-word name, she has a one-year-old son, Bear, with Payne, 24.
In his tweet on Sunday about their break-up after a two-year relationship, he wrote: "It's been a tough decision for us to make.
"Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together."
Just four months ago, the couple had turned up at the Brit Awards, amid talk that not all was well a year after Bear was born.
Cheryl and Payne hammed it up then for the cameras, but some pundits noted that it was all staged and that he looked uncomfortable.