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Name: Cheryl Cole
DOB: 30 June 1983
Birth Place: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: Singer
- Cheryl has had two number one singles in the UK 'Fight for This Love' and 'Promise This'
- She is the fourth of five children.
- When Cheryl was a small child she appeared in an advert for British Gas.
- In March 2009 she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief.
- In 2011 Cheryl won two Brit awards, British Single and Best British Female
Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy) grew up in Newcastle. A child model, she began dancing at four, and joined a ballet company at nine.
Naughty Cheryl was suspended at school for fighting and swearing (tut tut) and left at 16. In 2002 she auditioned for Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, and joined Girls Aloud. Their debut single Sound of the Underground was the first of many number ones for Cheryl – in Girls Aloud and as a solo artist.
Her career only faltered when she assaulted toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa in a Surrey nightclub in 2003. She said afterwards it wasn’t racist. ‘I didn’t attack someone. I defended myself. My brothers taught me: if someone hits you, you hit them back.’
In 2008, Cheryl became an X-Factor judge, replacing Sharon Osborne. The nation fell in love with her, and she mentored the winner. There’ve been rumours about rivalry between Cheryl and fellow-judge Dannii Minogue, but both girls say they’re total rubbish.
In 2004 Cheryl began dating footballer Ashley Cole. Within months she was living the tacky life of a WAG. Ashley proposed to her in Dubai and the couple wedded in Barnet in 2006.
At first they were happy, even taking part in the most pukey lottery ad we’ve ever seen. But in 2008 hairdresser Aimee Walton told The Sun she’d had sex with Ashley. So did a glamour model.
For a while Cheryl stopped wearing her wedding ring. Then Ashley gave her a stonking diamond, and in November 2009 Cheryl Twittered a photo of it with the message: ‘Three words: diamonds are forever’.
Her hopes were dashed when Ashley cheated again – texting pics of himself in white pants - and on 3 September 2010 the couple were divorced. Experts say they’ll split the money, but Chezza wants the dogs.
In July 2010 Cheryl collapsed at a photo-shoot. She’d caught malaria after a trip to Tanzania with rumoured new boyfriend Derek Hough. Thankfully she’s now recovered.