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Cheryl Cole

Name Cheryl Cole

Birth name Cheryl Ann Tweedy

Birthay 30 June 1983

Star sign Cancer

Birthplace Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Marriages Ashley Cole, July 2006 - September 2010. Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, July 2014 - present

From talent show winner to global superstar, Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy) came to fame as one fifth of pop icons Girls Aloud.

Cheryl was born in Newcastle to mum Joan Callaghan and dad Garry in 1983.

Earmarked from an early age as a star of the future, Cheryl won everything from children's modelling competitions to a place at London's Royal Ballet School.

While working as a waitress aged 19, she auditioned for ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals. She beat off thousands of hopefuls to make it into Girls Aloud, along with Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts.

Despite clinching the 2002 Christmas No 1 spot with debut single Sound Of The Underground, Cheryl's joy was short-lived. She was involved in an altercation with a nightclub toilet attendant in January 2003 and was found guilty of assault.

Cheryl and professional footballer Ashley Cole tied the knot in a lavish wedding in July 2006 but were dogged by reports of Ashley's infidelity in 2008.

Their marriage did not last. After further allegations about Ashley's behaviour, the couple divorced in 2010.

Cheryl was signed up as a judge on The X Factor in 2008, quickly becoming the nation's sweetheart. Her look was copied by women up and down the country and she became the face of L'Oreal. 

After joining US X Factor with Simon Cowell in 2011, Cheryl was sacked.

Cheryl parted ways with Girls Aloud after their Ten: The Hits Tour in 2013. However, she'd started building up her successful solo career years before travelling around the UK with the band for the last time.

In 2014, Cheryl returned to the UK version of The X Factor.

Cheryl's re-hiring wasn't the only time she hit the headlines in 2014. She married French businessman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini after a whirlwind three-month romance that July. 

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