How the Geordie star became a national treasure and style icon


Plenty of people love Cheryl Cole.

Whether it’s the star’s music, her stints on The X Factor, Girls Aloud’s success or her feisty personality that fans admire about her, she’s got devotees who’ve supported her from the beginning.

Our gallery charts Cheryl’s rise to fame, starting from her birth in Newcastle Upon Tyne on 30 June 1983 to Garry Tweedy and Joan Callaghan.

We tell how the couple love Cheryl Cole – then Cheryl Tweedy – from the moment she arrives in the world, although they split when she’s 11.

Growing up on a council estate, Cheryl recalls being very poor.

At the age of 9 she beats 5,000 others to win a summer school place at London’s Royal Ballet School but hates it because she ‘feels out of place’.

In August 2002 she auditions for TV show Popstars: The Rivals and is voted into the final band, later called Girls Aloud.

The group rack up a string of hits and Cheryl Cole finds love with footballer Ashley Cole in 2004 after they move into the same apartment block.

They marry at Sopwell House Hotel near St Albans in July 2006.

However, things aren’t always easy for Cheryl in the spotlight.

She’s found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm over an incident with Guildford nightclub toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa in 2003.

Cheryl is sentenced to community service and ordered to pay her victim £500.

Her marriage is rocked in 2008 by claims that Ashley’s cheated on her with single mum Aimee Walton and glamour model Brooke Healy. They stay together for two years afterwards before divorcing in 2010.

In 2011, she’s dropped as a judge on US X Factor.

But Cheryl bounces back and weds French businessman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in July 2014 and is back on TV in the UK as an X Factor judge in August.

For more Cheryl Cole love, read on to see the rest of her life in pictures…