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Cheryl Cole's Biography

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Cheryl Cole, formerly Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, formerly Payne, was born Cheryl Tweedy on 30 June 1983 in Newcastle.

Cheryl Tweedy and footballer Ashley Cole got married on 15 July 2006, however they split up in 2010.

Cheryl Cole modelled at the age of three. She appeared in a British Gas commercial when she was seven. When she was 14, she sang at an entertainment complex in Gateshead and made a demo called Something Special.

Cheryl rose to fame with Girls Aloud, who were created out of the five singers to get most votes on ITV1's Popstars: The Rivals. They include Sarah Harding. Many had expected Javine to win through, but she did not get enough votes.

In 2003, Cheryl Cole was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on a female nightclub attendant.

Cheryl Cole was voted Number Two in the 2005 FHM poll of the world's sexiest women. She slipped a few places to sixth in the 2006 list of FHM 100 sexiest women. In the FHM 2007 list she was 7th.

In an interview with OK, after England's footballers had returned from the World Cup, Cheryl Cole said of the wives and girlfriends: "It's like a comedy. Everyone's so flash. It's like, 'Which wife is dressed the best? Which wife has got the best hair?'."

In Comic Relief Does The Apprentice in March 2007, Cheryl Cole said that she hates fish and cannot believe that "people can enjoy things that smell so vile".

In 2008, Cheryl Cole took over from Sharon Osbourne as a judge on The X Factor.

In the biography of Girls Aloud, Dreams That Glitter, Cheryl Cole revealed regarding her marriage to Ashley Cole: "I believe everyone should be a free spirit. Even in my marriage, Ashley's a free spirit. I'm not his keeper. I believe in letting people live their lives and be free, so Ashley can have time with his friends when he wants, he can go out when he wants."

In 2009, Cheryl Cole was named number 1 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women In The World '09. She had previously been named Heat's 'most fanciable female'.

In September 2009, Cheryl Cole unveiled her debut solo single Fight For This Love, which sold like hot cakes when it was released, and went straight to Number 1. Her debut album 3 Words also entered the charts in the top spot.

In January 2010, Cheryl Cole announced her first solo tour playing eight concerts in the UK, supporting Black Eyed Peas.

In July 2010 it was revealed that Cheryl Cole was being treated for malaria. She had recently visited Tanzania with Derek Hough.

On 3 September 2010, Cheryl and Ashley Cole were granted a divorce at the High Court in London.

In October 2010, Cheryl Cole's single Promise This went to number one in the UK singles chart.

In May 2011, Cheryl Cole was announced as one of the judges on the US version of The X Factor, however it was later revealed that she was being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.

In June 2012, Cheryl Cole's single Call My Name went straight to number one in the UK charts.

On 11 March 2014, it was announced that Cheryl Cole was to return to The X Factor judging panel.

On 7 July 2014, Cheryl Cole married French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, however they separated in 2016.

Soon after she was romantically linked to Liam Payne of One Direction.

In November 2016, it was announced that she would be the new face of the charity Childline.

In March 2017, Cheryl and Liam Payne announced the birth of a baby boy.

In July 2018, the couple announced they were breaking up.

In 2019, she was named as one of the celebrity guest judges on RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Starting in August 2021, Cheryl hosted a series You, Me & R&B on BBC Sounds and Radio 2.

In 2023, she had her debut as a leading lady in London's West-End when she took over from Laura Whitmore as Jenny in "2:22 A Ghost Story".

In November 2023, Girls Aloud announced a reunion tour for 2024, dedicated to their former bandmate Sarah Harding, who had died in 2021.

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