Fathers4Justice call Cheryl ‘sperm bandit’ for donor IVF plans

Cheryl has been slammed by men’s rights organisation Fathers4Justice after revealing she wants to expand her family with a sperm donor in a recent interview.

The musician, 36 – who shares son Bear, two, with ex-boyfriend Liam Payne – said she’s considering using fertility treatment in the near future as she fears ‘time is running out’ following her string of failed relationships.

But Fathers4Justice has branded the singer a ‘sperm bandit’ and claimed she’s ‘denying kids a dad’ by taking the route in a controversial tweet posted to their social media account on Saturday.

Backlash: Cheryl has been slammed by men's rights organisation Fathers4Justice after revealing she wants to expand her family with a sperm donor in a recent interview

Backlash: Cheryl has been slammed by men's rights organisation Fathers4Justice after revealing she wants to expand her family with a sperm donor in a recent interview

Backlash: Cheryl has been slammed by men’s rights organisation Fathers4Justice after revealing she wants to expand her family with a sperm donor in a recent interview

Shared my activist Matt O’Connor, the message said: ‘Sperm bandit Cheryl @CherylOfficial doesn’t give a toss about dads. She wants to deny two kids their human RIGHTS to a dad. Matt O’C #HumanRights #F4J #Fathers4Justice #Cheryl.’

The fiery comment faced backlash from fellow social media users as they pointed out that the sperm donor is providing the service ‘voluntarily’.

One wrote in defence of Cheryl: ‘I was brought up by my dad and believe strongly in the rights of fathers. However, a sperm doner is voluntarily providing a service – what’s the problem?’

Another penned: ‘Good on Cheryl wish I’d thought of that, would have saved me so much trouble.’

Her reasons: The musician, 36 - who shares son Bear, two, with ex-boyfriend Liam Payne (pictured in May 2016) - fears 'time is running out' following her string of failed relationships

Her reasons: The musician, 36 - who shares son Bear, two, with ex-boyfriend Liam Payne (pictured in May 2016) - fears 'time is running out' following her string of failed relationships

Her reasons: The musician, 36 – who shares son Bear, two, with ex-boyfriend Liam Payne (pictured in May 2016) – fears ‘time is running out’ following her string of failed relationships

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The Global Gift Gala always sees a whole throng of famous faces pass through its door and 2018’s event welcomed Cheryl who was to be honoured by Eva Longoria for her charitable efforts.

As she posed on the red carpet with her beau Liam Payne, she stunned in a salmon pink floor-length dress by Elizabeth and James. The piece featured subtle cut outs that showed off the singer’s petite waist and a racer front halterneck which highlighted her slim shoulders.

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A third agreed: ‘I suppose it’s better than getting a bloke, having a child, and then cutting the father out of the child’s life.’ 

The organisation hit out at the hitmaker’s decision in another tweet as they highlighted there are three million fatherless homes in the UK

They said: ‘Apart from the human rights issues, she is setting a dangerous example by encouraging women to create a fatherless generation of kids. There are already 3m fatherless homes. Serious problem.’ 

MailOnline has contacted Cheryl’s representatives for further comment. 

Fierce: But Fathers4Justice has branded the singer a 'sperm bandit' and claimed she's 'denying kids a dad' by taking the route in a controversial tweet posted on Saturday

Fierce: But Fathers4Justice has branded the singer a 'sperm bandit' and claimed she's 'denying kids a dad' by taking the route in a controversial tweet posted on Saturday

Fierce: But Fathers4Justice has branded the singer a ‘sperm bandit’ and claimed she’s ‘denying kids a dad’ by taking the route in a controversial tweet posted on Saturday

The number of babies born to women using donor sperm, but their own eggs, has leapt almost two-thirds in five years. Latest UK figures show 1,515 babies were born in this way in 2017, up from 934 in 2012.

The mother-of-one detailed her fertility journey to The Times Magazine as she explained: ‘If time was on my side and I was in my twenties, yeah, I would wait and consider more options, or wait for somebody I felt was right.

‘You could meet somebody and for that year it feels incredible, but there is never a guarantee because there are so many variables that can happen. Life is a funny old game.’

Newcastle native Cheryl also said she’s planning to have at least two more children and will look abroad for a donor, joking: ‘Do you imagine some guy from Newcastle saying, “That’s my child?” There’s a lot to choose from and a lot to think about.’

What's the issue? The fiery comment faced backlash from fellow social media users, but still described her choice as a 'serious problem'

What's the issue? The fiery comment faced backlash from fellow social media users, but still described her choice as a 'serious problem'

What’s the issue? The fiery comment faced backlash from fellow social media users, but still described her choice as a ‘serious problem’

'Lots to think about': Newcastle native Cheryl also said she's planning to have at least two more children and will look abroad for a donor (pictured with Bear last year)

'Lots to think about': Newcastle native Cheryl also said she's planning to have at least two more children and will look abroad for a donor (pictured with Bear last year)

‘Lots to think about’: Newcastle native Cheryl also said she’s planning to have at least two more children and will look abroad for a donor (pictured with Bear last year)

Past: She dated the former One Direction singer, who is ten years her junior, for three years from 2015. The pair welcomed their only child in March 2017 (pictured)

Past: She dated the former One Direction singer, who is ten years her junior, for three years from 2015. The pair welcomed their only child in March 2017 (pictured)

Past: She dated the former One Direction singer, who is ten years her junior, for three years from 2015. The pair welcomed their only child in March 2017 (pictured) 

The TV star – who is currently a judge on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer – previously revealed she would consider using a donor following her split from Liam, saying last year that conceiving does not have to be ‘conventional’.

She dated the former One Direction singer, who is ten years her junior, for three years from 2015. The pair welcomed their only child in March 2017.

Number of women using sperm donors has risen by two thirds in five years 

The number of babies born to women using donor sperm, but their own eggs, has leapt almost two-thirds in five years.

Latest UK figures show 1,515 babies were born in this way in 2017, up from 934 in 2012.

Women in Britain are limited to what they can find out about their sperm donor, although information on height, weight, eye and hair colour are available, along with their age, ethnicity, medical history, existing children and marital status. But some foreign clinics are prepared to provide much more detail, including baby pictures of the man providing the sperm.

The European Sperm Bank offers a package worth over £20,000 for ‘exclusive access’ to sperm provided by a specific donor.

Basic prices are much cheaper, starting at 560 euros (£477) per unit of sperm. In the UK, a donor’s sperm can be used only by up to ten families, although rules abroad differ.

The brunette was previously married to French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. The couple tied the knot after three months of dating in 2014, but they split two years later. She was also married to footballer Ashley Cole from 2006 to 2010. 

Cheryl also admitted she is not ‘very good at choosing’ when it comes to partners as she is ‘attracted to people who have traits I hate’.

She explained: ‘I think I’ve always had a bit of that disease where I’m a kind of contradiction,’ she said of her dating history before confirming she is in a ‘good space now’.

The media personality turned to therapy after becoming a mother having previously been treated for depression and suffering from anxiety in her teens.

She admitted she sought help in a bid to provide ‘stability’ for her son, adding that having therapy has taught her not to seek validation from romantic relationships to the point that she no longer thinks about finding a man at all.

‘I was so warm inside, and I found it amazing, I guess because I’ve lived on adrenaline and anxiety for so many years,’ the former Girls Aloud singer said of having therapy in an interview with the Sunday Times Style in 2018.

‘I didn’t want the anxiety to come back. I wanted to stay in that strength. And it really has been helping a lot.’

Singer Natalie Imbruglia, 44, gave birth to her first child, son Max, last year with the help of IVF and a sperm donor. 

Penelope Cruz’s sister Monica Cruz also conceived her first child with a sperm donor after fearing by the time she met a partner it would have been too late to have a child. The model was 36 when she gave birth to daughter Antonella in 2013.

Cheryl has previously been married to footballer Ashley Cole (pictured in 2006)

Cheryl has previously been married to footballer Ashley Cole (pictured in 2006)

Brief: She was also in a short-term marriage with Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini (pictured in 2004)

Brief: She was also in a short-term marriage with Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini (pictured in 2004)

Romance: Cheryl has previously been married to Ashley Cole (left in 2006) and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini (right)

Personal choice: Singer Natalie Imbruglia, 44, gave birth to her first child, son Max, last year with the help of IVF and a sperm donor

Personal choice: Singer Natalie Imbruglia, 44, gave birth to her first child, son Max, last year with the help of IVF and a sperm donor

Personal choice: Singer Natalie Imbruglia, 44, gave birth to her first child, son Max, last year with the help of IVF and a sperm donor

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