The truth about Cheryl Cole’s Crazy, not-so-Stupid Love and new husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini

She’s certainly been unlucky in love in the past. But as Cheryl Cole gets set to return to The X Factor, she’s giving romance another go – with French restaurant owner Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

The pair, said to have ‘great chemistry’, married on 7 July after first being pictured in Jean-Bernard‘s Cannes restaurant in May.

Cheryl, 31, whose new song is called Crazy Stupid Love, has been guarding her heart since her 2010 divorce from love rat Ashley Cole – she’s dated just two men, dancers Derek Hough, 29, and Tre Holloway, 29, since then.

So what’s the Something Kinda Ooooh about Jean-Bernard, 33, that’s helped him find a way into Cheryl‘s heart?

1 He’s not exactly poor!

Jean-Bernard – or JB as he likes to be known – was raised by wealthy parents in the south of France and aged 21 studied business at New York University after taking a year out ‘just to party’.

But he’s not all about play. After a further degree at France’s plush Institut Supérieur de Gestion, he began working on his restaurant/lounge business Cosy Box.

He now has a venue in Cannes and pop-ups across Europe, including Stockholm. As well as being super-successful, he can also speak fluent English, Spanish and, of course, French. Ooh la la!

2 He was an international playboy

While at NYU in 2002, JB appeared in a New York Times article about ‘Eurotrash’ in the Big Apple.

He was described as a ladies’ man who ‘summers on the Riviera and spends winter vacations in Saint Bart’s’, where his parents own a house, and has an ‘entourage of models’.

The reporter watched him spot a girl in NYC’s Serafina restaurant, ask a waiter to call her over – and then invite her to the family pad on the Caribbean island Saint Bart’s for that New Year’s Eve. Cringe!

3 He loves fashion…

Like Cheryl, JB is a bit of a fashionista.

When he was in his twenties, Jean-Bernard used to visit Florence and Monaco every autumn to buy the latest clothes before hitting the New York and Paris fashion shows.

He’s not just into serious, designer style, though – from the fancy dress snap we unearthed below, he doesn’t mind having a bit of fun, too.  

4 …but he’s still a bloke’s bloke

Unlike Cheryl‘s ex Derek, there’s no hanging round talking about ballroom dancing. Jean-Bernard‘s a proper man’s man.

Not only did he post a YouTube video of himself boxing, his Facebook page lists his favourite films as James Bond, American Gangster and Brit flit Layer Cake.

His music tastes include Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams and Kid Rock. But we’re sure he meant to add Girls Aloud as well.  

5 He’s a good match for Chezza!

Just like his new wife, JB seems to be a bit of a romantic. On his Instagram, he posted: ‘The strongest drug that exists for a human is another human being.’ Aww.

Also, Jean-Bernard’s birthday is 29 August, which makes him a Virgo. Mixed with Cheryl‘s Cancer sign, that leads to a ‘strong, down-to-earth relationship’ with ‘staying power’, according to

Sounds like this is one love Cheryl doesn’t have to fight for. 

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