Cheryl Cole (Girls Aloud member)
Legal name: Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini, Cheryl Cole, Cheryl Tweedy
Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini (née Tweedy, formerly Cole; born 30 June 1983) is an English singer, dancer, and television personality. She rose to fame in late 2002 as a member of girl group Girls Aloud on ITV's Popstars: The Rivals, and stayed with the group until they split up in 2013. They had twenty consecutive top ten singles in the United Kingdom (including four number one singles) and six platinum albums (two went to number one), and five Brit Award nominations from 2005 to 2010, including one win.
Cheryl began a solo career in April 2009. She released her first solo studio album, 3 Words, in October. The album was a commercial success; it gave rise to three successful singles including "Fight for This Love", which entered at number one on the UK charts. It was the best selling single of the year. 2010 saw the release of her second studio album Messy Little Raindrops. It produced two singles. The first was "Promise This" which also debuted at number one. She 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 produced three singles including "Crazy Stupid Love" and "I Don't Care". Both singles went to number one in the UK and made her the first British female to have five number ones in the UK, a record she still holds.
Cheryl 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. In 2009, she fronted cosmetic company L'Oréal. She was married to England footballer Ashley Cole from July 2006 until September 2010, when she divorced him after their separation earlier that year. She 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).
In 2011, Cheryl left the UK version of The X Factor to judge the American version. However, she left the show during the auditions stage, fuelling rumours that she had been sacked. Her net worth was estimated at £20 million in October 2014. On 10 March 2014, it was announced that she would return as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor for its eleventh series, signing a £1.5 million contract. In April 2016, she confirmed that she would not return as a judge for the thirteenth series of the programme.