Dinky diva or creative genius? Cher's dividing showbiz

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X Factor runner-up Cher Lloyd – 18 today – is not to everyone’s taste.

The ‘gobby’ teenager is very strong willed and not easy to handle.

Mum Dina and dad Darren are loyal supporters, of course, but so are X Factor rejects Mary Byrne and Katie Waissel.

Cher texts them both a lot,’ reveals Now’s source.

She’d have loved to stay in touch with her mentor Cheryl Cole too but the option wasn’t really there while Cheryl was in the US.’

Cher even claimed she’d been dropped by Cheryl before admitting several weeks ago:

I didn’t really get dumped. I’m busy; so is she. I don’t know what the big deal is.’

But with a mixed reaction to her debut single Swagger Jagger, Cher seemed to have an online meltdown earlier this month, Tweeting: I may come across as a hard faced bitch but please give me a break.’

However, insiders say that vulnerability is all too rare.

If Cher showed her softer side everyone would warm to her,’ says our source.

She’s not a bad girl and she’s still really young.

‘She just needs to sort her attitude out before she burns her last bridge.’

Read the full story about Cher Lloyd in Now Magazine dated 1 August – out now!

Now cover 1 August 2011

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