Cher Lloyd: My mum and dad are my only friends now

Cher Lloyd

X Factor star Cher Lloyd has revealed she only sees her mum and dad as true friends since becoming famous. The former X Factor finalist, who turns 18 today, said however she didn't want people to feel sorry for her, saying she was "fine the way I am".

Speaking to The Guardian this week, Cher also insisted she'd stick by her gypsy roots despite being bullied about her parent's lifestyle for her whole childhood.

The singer is now facing abuse from adults, instead of just her peers. The 18-year-old has been sent death threats and racist comments about her background, but a defiant Cher said: "I'll always stand by my Gypsy roots, and I'll always help out one of my own."

Speaking about abuse given to her on Twitter, she said today: "I find it hard. Not everyone is a nice guy... but it's nice to see my little Cher Brats, I love them!"

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But the pintsize pop princess says her gypsy heritage made her prepared for the hate.

She explains in the interview: "Growing up around people with the same culture as me made me a lot tougher. I had to grow up fast because we know it's not all fairytales out there, it's full of rubbish.

"You get stuff chucked at you every single day whether you're in the public eye or not."

Cher also revealed she only saw her mum and dad as "true mates" since becoming famous.

"You find out who your true mates are, my mum and dad. [That's it]," the youngster says, "My dad's my best mate and he always will be."

But she adds: "I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me because of the fact I haven't got any true friends! I'm fine the way I am."

Cher's debut single 'Swagger Jagger' is out this weekend.

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