Cheryl Fernandez Versini X Factor
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (nee Cole) is said to be furious at the adult video which pretends to feature herIan Gavan/Getty Images

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is considering legal action after a fake video with her face superimposed on the body of a porn actress surfaced on the adult website Pornhub. The clip has been seen by almost a million people and the Girls Aloud singer is concerned the X-rated material could wreck her family-friendly image.

"She hates the fact the porn site is using her name to drag punters in to watch their lurid videos and make money from her fame," a source close to the star told the Daily Star Sunday. "It is embarrassing for her to be linked to this kind of video because she works very hard to cultivate her image."

Last night a spokesman for the star told the tabloid that "lawyers are looking into this." The video lasts for more than 10 minutes.

X Factor's management are reportedly worried that it could take months to remove the clip from the internet while there are also concerns that some people may think that the footage is real. Pornhub is free to use and its owners make money through advertising deals which correlate to the number of views per video.

The popular reality music competition was back on TV yesterday for a 12th series of X Factor, which saw Rita Ora take a seat beside Cheryl on the judge's panel. Both Ora and Simon Cowell addressed Cheryl by her former surname "Cole", instead of her new married name. The gaffe hasn't seemed to faze the star.

"I keep hearing that I go berserk about it," she told Daily Star Sunday. "But I was known with that surname for about a decade so it's not surprising people get it wrong now and then. I never introduce people with their full name – I don't know why people have an emphasis on doing that. But I don't take offence to it."