Kimberley Walsh has defended her friend and fellow Girls Aloud star Cheryl's X Factor performance after it was subjected to heavy criticism online.

Cheryl, who used to be a judge on the popular show, sang her new track Love Made Me Do It during the results programme last Sunday. The performance saw her licking her hand while dancing in a black bodysuit.

After noting the reaction to her performance, Cheryl posted a lengthy post on social media saying that the "sheer level of unbalanced negativity" towards her was "shocking".

Now, Walsh has praised her ex-bandmate, telling Heart Radio: "I thought it was amazing. I loved seeing her... on there doing what she does."

She said of the criticism: "I don't even get into any of that. I'm not interested in any negativity.

"I like seeing my best friend up there doing her thing and I just felt proud to be honest. She's out there doing her thing again. I felt like a proud mum."

Walsh also addressed a comment made by her former bandmate Nadine Coyle, who was quoted as saying Girls Aloud were never friends.

"I don't want people to genuinely believe that there was no friendship," she said.

"We all went out together every single week. We all had some fab times." 

Kimberley Walsh says of Girls Aloud "we all had some fab times"

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