Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has defended her mother Joan Callaghan on twitter, after she was pictured accompanying her daughter and boyfriend Liam Payne on a night out earlier this week. Cheryl and Liam were photographed out together for the first time on Wednesday, holding hands while leaving a London restaurant and Joan could also be seen following behind the couple.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam PayneCheryl Fernandez-Versini has defended her mother Joan on twitter.

Cheryl began by stating that she wasn’t out for a "romantic dinner" and was instead celebrating friend Lily England’s 30th birthday. The 32-year-old then went on to address the negative reports about her mother, who some tabloids had accused of meddling in her daughter’s love life.

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“There have been a lot of unfair comments made about my Mam today and I have to clear a few things up in her defence,” Cheryl wrote. “While I am extremely close to my Mam and respect her entirely, she does not and never has had any influence in any of my relationships.”

“As a 32-year-old woman, I make my own decisions and choices and take full responsibility for them. To portray her the way some stories have today is unfair, hurtful and untrue.”

It’s the second time this week Cheryl has taken to social media to address criticism she’s received since going public about her relationship with Liam. On Thursday she urged women not to attack each other online, which appeared to be a reference to negative comments she’d received from One Direction fans in recent days.

"It can be so hard at times being a girl, for sooo many reasons! But we don't have to make it harder for each other.. Why do we still feel the need to do that ?? I don't understand it,” Cheryl wrote.

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“Trying to pull another person down, only speaks volumes about your character! And not a thing about theirs.. There's nothing more powerful or beautiful than an inspiring, strong women that you can look up to or turn to... Be one!!!”