CHER Lloyd has posted some sweet snaps of her with husband Craig Monk as they celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary.

The 28-year-old posted the photos on Instagram, with one of the shots showing the couple leaning in for a kiss. Others were throwbacks from their wedding, including the moment they cut the cake.

Cher Lloyd/InstagramCher marked eight years of marriage to Craig '/caption '

Former X Factor star Cher wrote: ...Today we celebrate eight years of marriage. I'll love you forever....

Cher and Craig took fans by surprise eight years ago when they tied the knot in secret. She broke the news on Instagram, posting a black and white shot from the big day simply captioned with the date.

It's been more than a decade since Cher - who shares daughter Delilah-Rae, three, with Craig - found fame on The X Factor, when she was just 16 years old.

Fans of the show will probably remember her audition, singing Keri Hilson's Turn My Swag On, which caused judge Cheryl Tweedy to brand her: ...Right up my street....

However despite finishing fourth in the competition and enjoying some initial success, it wasn't long before the pressures of fame became too much for Cher.

Speaking to The Sun last year, she recalled the time she was forced to flee the stage at V Festival in 2012 when she was pelted with bottles of urine.

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Suggesting that was a reaction the character she was ...forced... to play during The X Factor, Cher said: ...I’m more disappointed that it was OK to do that to a human being, and that talent could be overlooked because people wanted to create a character.

...And even 10 years later, I’m still having to prove to people that that person wasn’t me. The things that happened to me back then would not be allowed to happen today. It feels tacky and gross and we don’t want to sit and laugh at other people....

But Cher says that when she met hairdresser Craig everything changed, confessing she's lucky he came into her life when he did.

She said: ...I don’t think I would have made it out if it wasn’t for him. I was struggling with my mental health and, hand on heart, I don’t know if I’d still be doing this without his help. I think I would have spiralled and my mental health would have got the better of me. I’m so lucky to have met him when I did.

“He came along and suddenly I had someone telling me it was going to be OK and I had to stop feeling angry and rise above it. Having someone there to help and guide me and also be the person to bring me happiness… I had no happiness, I was so sad.

Cher Lloyd/InstagramShe posted a series of throwback snaps from the big day '/caption '

Cher Lloyd/InstagramShe and Craig share daughter Delilah-Rae '/caption '


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