EASTENDERS star Cheryl Fergison has revealed her life has been made a “misery” thanks to a hacker who has stolen her verified Twitter handle and email account.
The soap hun shared the news with fans admitting the last few days had been “frustrating” and “upsetting.”
Cheryl, 55, who is best known for playing Heather Trott in BBC One’s EastEnders, posted the shocking discovery to her Instagram account, which has thankfully not been messed with.
Next to a serious-looking selfie, the soap star wrote: “Now as a positive person generally the last couple of days has been totally frustrating and upsetting due to having been hacked!”
Popular on Twitter, Cheryl regularly interacts with her devoted 91,000 followers but will no longer be able to thanks to the “b******s” who have stolen her accounts.
She wrote in the caption: “All I’ve ever wanted to do on my social media is support you the loyal supporters of my work and share with you all my new and exciting projects …. so not sure now how I feel about all of this now.”
The actress also admitted to fans that she feared the hackers would use her email to get to her contacts, adding she’s always preferred a “good old face to face” chat but that social media had been helpful, especially this last year of repeated lockdowns and solitude.
However, Cheryl finished on an upbeat note telling her followers: “keep chilled, keep the hope and what’s it they say ‘don’t let the b******s grind you down’.”
The much-loved actress was quickly inundated with words of support from her fans on Instagram, with many leaving positive comments.
One wrote: “Love you Cheryl ❤️”
“I’ve reported it as hacked on Twitter, hope you get it sorted xx,” another informed her.
While a third gushed: “So sorry my beautiful Cheryl. You don’t deserve that, please stay strong ❤️ and keep smiling. You’re loved ❤️”
Back in December Cheryl had to confirm she was alive and kicking after her death “was announced” on social media.
The actress, who played hapless Heather Trott in the BBC soap, has told fans that she has not “passed away” after a tweet appeared to suggest it.
A viewer posted a photograph of 55-year-old Cheryl and the late singer George Michael on Twitter.
A caption alongside it read: “Thinking of them both at this Christmas time. RIP George and Hev, having a laugh up there I bet!”
It actually made reference to Cheryl’s EastEnders’ character Heather, rather than Cheryl herself. Heather was a big George Michael fan and was killed off by soap bosses in 2012.
She wrote alongside it: “Thank you for your concerns but I am alive and well despite confusion on some social media that I had passed away.
“Sadly we did loose George Michael the legend & wonderful man 4 years ago..
“Heather Trott, well yes she is dead but as for me Cheryl Fergison I’m looking forward to a wonderful new year where I wish our industry to get back into full flow…”
Cheryl starred as Shirley Carter’s best pal Heather in EastEnders from 2007 to 2012.
She was killed when Ben Mitchell hit her over the head with a photo frame.
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The character returned in voice on Christmas Eve 2016 after Dot Cotton discovered a mix tape Heather and Shirley had made years earlier.
She could be heard saying “it wasn’t Christmas without a bit of George Michael”.
Cheryl has since gone on to enjoy a stage career. She also entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2012 but was the second star to be evicted