See how Cheryl Cole and Ashley Cole's relationship developed...and died


Cheryl and Ashley Cole have had plenty of ups and downs over the years.

Our gallery charts how the couple’s relationship developed before their love died and they split in 2010.

We start from the moment Cheryl – then known as Cheryl Tweedy – joins band Girls Aloud after triumphing in reality show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

At the time, footballer Ashley is playing for Arsenal.

In December 2004, Cheryl and Ashley make their first public appearance together just a month after meeting. They hit the shops at Kent’s Bluewater shopping centre.

In June 2005, Ashley is snapped giving Cheryl a protective kiss as they take a dip in the pool in Marbella. He’d proposed just days before during a camel ride in Dubai.

Cheryl shows off her sparkling engagement ring at the Alien Autopsy film premiere in London in April 2006. That June, Cheryl supports her fiancé as he plays in the World Cup in Baden Baden, Germany.

The couple marry at Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire on 15 July 2006. However, their wedded bliss doesn’t last.

In January 2008, Ashley tries to hide outside their home in Surrey as claims he slept with single mum Aimee Walton hit the headlines.

A month later, heartbroken Cheryl is seen arriving in LA looking thin and anxious as reporters follow her.

Things appear to have improved when Cheryl celebrates her 25th birthday in June 2008 at Manchester’s Wings restaurant holding hands with her spouse. But after accepting a job as an X Factor judge, she’s pictured in Glasgow without her wedding band.

In September 2008, Cheryl finally starts wearing her wedding and engagement rings again – showing that she’s decided to put her marriage troubles behind her.

November 2009 sees her proudly modelling her £160,000 sparkler on Twitter with the caption: ‘3 Words. Diamonds Are Forever’.

However, Ashley is hit with more cheating allegations in 2010 and that February Cheryl files for divorce. They officially end their marriage in September 2010.

Read on to see what else Cheryl and Ashley dealt with in their relationship…

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