Cheryl Cole (Girls Aloud member)
Legal name: Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini, Cheryl Cole, Cheryl Tweedy
Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini (née Tweedy, formerly Cole; mononymously known as Cheryl; born 30 June 1983) is an English singer, dancer, and television personality. She rose to fame in late 2002 when she won a place as a member of girl group Girls Aloud on ITV television program Popstars: The Rivals, and remained a member of the group until their split in 2013. The group achieved a string of twenty consecutive top ten singles in the United Kingdom (including four number one singles) and six platinum albums (two of which went to number one), and earned five Brit Award nominations from 2005 to 2010.
Fernandez-Versini embarked on a solo career in April 2009, releasing her first solo studio album, 3 Words, in October. The album became a commercial success and spawned three successful singles including the lead single from the album, "Fight for This Love," which debuted at number one on the UK charts, becoming the best selling single of the year. 2010 saw the release of Fernandez-Versini's second studio album Messy Little Raindrops, which produced two singles, the first being "Promise This" which also debuted at number one. Fernandez-Versini released her third solo album A Million Lights on 18 June 2012, with lead single "Call My Name" becoming her third number one single. Only Human was released in 2014 and spawned three singles including "Crazy Stupid Love" and "I Don't Care". Both singles went to number one in the UK and made Fernandez-Versini the first British female to have five number ones in the UK, a record she still holds, jointly with Jess Glynne.
Fernandez-Versini has become a recognised and photographed style icon; referred to as a "fashionista" by the press. She has been photographed for the covers of British Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, while becoming the new face of cosmetic company L'Oréal. Fernandez-Versini was married to England footballer Ashley Cole from July 2006 until September 2010, when she divorced him following the announcement of their separation earlier that year. Fernandez-Versini became a judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2008. She mentored two of the eventual winners of the competition (Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry, who won in consecutive years). In 2011, Fernandez-Versini left the UK version of The X Factor to judge the American version. However, Fernandez-Versini left the show during the auditions stage, fuelling rumours that she had been sacked. Fernandez-Versini's net worth was estimated at £20 million in October 2014. On 10 March 2014, it was announced that Fernandez-Versini would return as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor for its eleventh series, signing a £1.5 million contract. She also participated in series 12 of the show. In April 2016, she confirmed that she would not return as a judge for the thirteenth series of the programme.