As Cheryl and Michelle Keegan leave their husband and boyfriend at home, we take a closer look at what their red-carpet appearances really mean
And both women made a bold statement over the weekend, when they attended important events alone, without their respective partners, Michelle’s husband Mark Wright and Cheryl’s boyfriend Liam Payne. Now can reveal it means more about the state of their relationships than meets the eye.
Michelle, 30, looked radiant in yellow on the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards last week, but hours later – and away from the cameras – the Our Girl actress looked distracted and lonely on her phone, no doubt reflecting on previous ceremonies, which she attended with her husband Mark.
Instead, this year, Michelle was left to pine for her hubby, who days before was seen partying at Essex nightclub Faces.
To make matters worse, the day after her solo red-carpet appearance Michelle was spotted looking miserable as she confided in pals.
Last week we revealed that Michelle has told Mark she wanted him to consider if he’s willing to jack in his career as a presenter on hit US show Extra for the sake of their marriage.
But does his BAFTA no-show speak louder than words?
Thankfully for Michelle, she wasn’t the only one flying solo at a major event over the weekend.
Indeed, across the English Channel, Cheryl, 34, made her first appearance at the Cannes Film Festival since she went public with her One Direction boyfriend back in 2016.
The Fight For This Love singer put negative rumours about their relationship aside and stepped out looking gorgeous in a white gown.
Having previously fallen out over Liam’s ‘absent parenting’ – as he prioritises promoting his solo album – this time Cheryl was the one enjoying a well-earned night off.
Despite her referring to her absent man as her ‘husband’ in an interview, there were plenty of signs to suggest there’s trouble in paradise.
This year, not only did Cheryl attend Cannes without Liam, he failed to make a single comment on her Instagram about how ‘stunning’ she looked – instead leaving fans to do it for him.
Taking a look back at their relationship, two years ago the couple debuted their controversial relationship at the Global Gift Gala in Paris and one year ago Liam paid tribute to Cheryl on US Mother’s Day – around this time.
This year? Radio silence…