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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 June 1983Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, UK
Birth NameCheryl Ann Tweedy
Nicknames Chez
Chezza
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cheryl was born on June 30, 1983 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England as Cheryl Ann Tweedy. She has been married to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini since July 7, 2014. She was previously married to Ashley Cole.

Spouse (2)

Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini (7 July 2014 - present)
Ashley Cole (15 July 2006 - 3 September 2010) (divorced)

Trivia (35)

Ranked #2 in FHM 100 Sexiest Women 2005.
She has three brothers and a sister.
Engaged to footballer boyfriend Ashley Cole in June 2005.
She was the first girl to make it into Girls Aloud.
Friends with Victoria Beckham.
Voted #7 in FHM 100 Sexiest 2008.
Joined the judging panel of "The X Factor (2004)" in 2008, taking over from Sharon Osbourne who decided not to return to the show for its fifth series.
Voted #1 in FHM's sexiest women in the world supplement 2009.
Parents: Gary Tweedy and Joan Callaghan.
In 2003, she was sentenced to complete 120 hours of unpaid community service and paid £500 compensation for assaulting a nightclub worker.
Her inspiration as a teenager was Britney Spears.
After trip to Tanzania, she was diagnosed with malaria. Her condition rapidly and seriously deteriorated, but she survived [July 2010].
Attended Simon Cowell's 50th birthday party.
After winning several baby competitions she was snapped up by a modelling agency.
A huge fan of The Black Eyed Peas.
Appeared on TV shows like Gimme 5 (1992) and Michael Barrymore's My Kind of People (1995) when she was 12.
Got her first tattoo when she was 16; a tribal pattern on her lower back.
Started the Cheryl Cole Foundation.
Has a waxwork figure in Madame Tussauds; she asked not to be put next to Simon Cowell's.
A big fan of R&B, soul and hip-hop music.
Grew up on a council estate, just like her ex-husband Ashley Cole.
Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, 2009, along with Kimberley Walsh, Gary Barlow, Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton and Ronan Keating.
First met Simon Cowell for Comic Relief. He liked that she was opinionated and invited her onto Britain's Got Talent (2007) because she could relate to the contestants. She agreed, but then reconsidered, so he offered her X-Factor (2006) instead. She had seen the show and first felt uncomfortable about turning away budding singers. When Sharon Osbourne quit X-Factor in June, 2008 Cheryl replaced her.
Went to Afghanistan at the end of 2011 to present a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain award to the troops. She went on a fake practice run with them but it was as terrifying as the real thing and really opened her eyes; she got to blow up a dummy of Simon Cowell. They hadn't spoken in six months after her humiliating rejection from US X-Factor, but they reconciled on his 52nd birthday.
"Fight for this Love" was Cheryl's first solo performance without Girls Aloud, and her first solo single in front of millions.
For her star-making audition on Popstars: The Rivals (2002), her judges were Louis Walsh, Pete Waterman and Geri Halliwell, who she was intimidated by. Her ID number was 1786. The judges put her through after hearing her sing for half a minute.
Worked with the Prince's Trust.
Performed at the Royal Variety Show.
Performed a duet with Gary Barlow at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, broadcast to 2 billion people; her biggest audience to date. She also got to meet Prince William Windsor and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge.
On tour in the UK and Ireland [May 2005]
Returning as a judge for the sixth season of The X Factor (2004). [August 2009]
Released the music video for her first solo single, "Fight for This Love", ahead of the release of her debut solo album, 3 Words. [September 2009]
Joined the judging panel on the hit UK show The X Factor (2004) in its fifth series. [August 2008]
(July 7, 2014) Married for the 2nd time her boyfriend of 3 months Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

Personal Quotes (75)

I absolutely love my tattoos. The girls and I decided that the next time Girls Aloud have a No. 1, we'll all get one done. I want us to get something that only makes sense if we all stand in line, though!
The past year [2004] has been the best ever. I feel like I've got a fairy godmother watching over me.
I can't hurt any more than I've been hurt, I can't cry any more than I've cried. I've been to the highest of highs and lowest of lows, so one day I'm going to find my middle ground and be happy.
[on drug addicts] I don't have any sympathy for the addicts. That might sound harsh, but I don't give a f***. If they're in pain because of drugs, it's self-inflicted. You know what you're doing when you take it.
[on Simon Cowell] Simon is the most charismatic man I've ever met -- it's like he's trancing you or something. It's actually quite scary.
I have this pair of grey lounge trousers with a satin waistband which are really unattractive, but so comfy. I sit on the sofa in fluffy slippers and a hoody with a nice cup of hot chocolate. I'm slightly obsessed with hot chocolate. My mother just got me some that has chunks of real chocolate in it. I do that squirty cream thing, too. I'm known for it at The X Factor (2004)!
I believe in soulmates, yes, but I believe you also have to work at love. I happen to believe your soulmate doesn't have to be your partner - your soulmate could be your best friend, your sibling, it doesn't have to be the person you marry.
I relate to girls a lot more than I do boys. I just don't get boys, I don't really get men.
[on nearly dying from malaria in 2010] I had no liver function, no kidney function, I was swollen with the fluid, I had no oxygen in my blood. I literally had 24 hours to get fluid out of my body otherwise my insides were going to pack in. You know how sometimes you feel ill and you say, 'I feel like I'm dying?' Well I actually felt like I was dying. I asked the nurse outright - was I going to die? She said, 'There's a possibility.'
The thought of being intimate with someone you don't know really freaks me out. I think men should earn that intimacy.
I don't think I'm a style icon, not at all. Sometimes I just want to rock out in me scruffs and me Uggs. You know, a really comfy old tracksuit with maybe a dollop of ketchup down the front.
[on plastic surgery] I can't get my head around everyone having the same nose, because I think it's the unique things about your face that make you beautiful. I'm not judging, but unless something is really getting you down, it's best not to mess with nature.
[Turning down Simon Cowell's offer of a second shot on US X-Factor] It would take me away from family and my reality, and throw me back into the craziness again.
[Girls Aloud] We've grown into women, and have different lives to the ones we had as young girls. We've achieved far more than any of us ever dared to dream of and, whatever happens next, I know we'll always be in each other's lives.
[Girls Aloud] The first time we were in the press, it was all about our weight and not our music.
[when Simon Cowell first offered her a job as a judge on X-Factor] I wouldn't do X-Factor for all the tea in China.
I was Cheryl, the local girl made good. I was one of their own who was flying the flag for Newcastle, and that meant the world to me.
[after several of Ashley Cole's infidelities came out in the press] You've ruined our marriage, Ashley. I'll not let you ruin me career.
I'd only been out with people who became ugly once I got to know them.
Every day I wake up and I want to go to work and do the job I love, and I know that in this economic climate that is an absolute gift and a privilege.
If something doesn't feel right, I turn it down.
I know what its like on stage, to be judged. Its nerve wracking enough without the buzzer.
Beyonce (Knowles) has a star aura and an incredible presence.
[being a judge] It makes better television if you string out the moment when the big decision is revealed.
Your relationship with your contestants is as important backstage as it is on the live shows.
[the press during her divorce from Ashley Cole] I'd felt like a hunted animal for a long time, but now I was so badly wounded the chase felt more inhumane than ever. I still had my music, and nobody could take that away.
[the press during her fight with malaria] They're ruining my life. But I had to brave the flames to break out of the Hell I was stuck in. I had to do it or lose my mind.
I got lost in darkness for a long time, but now I feel strong and happy again.
[Cheryl's ultimatum after learning of Ashley Cole's infidelity] I don't want you drinking. I don't want you socializing with footballers or the people you were with that night. And I don't want you to deal with that agent of yours anymore. And one other thing. If this ever comes up again I'm divorcing you. You're lucky I came back this time, but if you ever disrespect me again, its over. I'm out of here, and I mean that.
[Will.i.am] There is nothing boring or regular about him, from his geeky glasses and dreadlocks to his intuitive, warm personality. He had a genuine belief in my talent and ability that nobody had ever expressed to me before. Will is one of those people who doesn't just say are you OK? without really meaning it.
[the three words she uses to ID herself] Strength, femininity and independence.
[after hearing Cher Lloyd perform for the first time] You are right up my street!
[Mary Byrne] People like her made me love my job.
[the scandal that emerged after she slapped a toilet attendant] I'd gone through my whole life with trouble around me, yet had never been involved with the police myself until I was at the happiest point in my life.
You have to forget your dignity when you go into hospital. You leave that at the front door and pick it up on the way out.
[discovering her sister was her half-sibling] Gillian had gone from being my sister to my half-sister to not being there at all in the space of about 30 minutes.
Don't let the nerves ruin your chances.
Geordies are so proud of their own.
Don't underestimate girl power.
[saying no to contestants] It makes me die a little bit inside.
[climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, 2009] I'd had so much colour in my life I wasn't daunted by this challenge at all. I lived my life climbing mountains of other kinds. I literally felt stripped bare, like my whole life was being tipped out around me as I took each step.
I'd spent my whole life careering from one pressurized situation to another, usually without much chance to breathe in between.
Team spirit spurs me on. I've always found it easier to be strong for other people than for myself.
[her first thoughts about Jedward] You two are TV gold.
Part of me will always love Ashley (Cole). I loved him so much I couldn't imagine a day when I would feel nothing for him. The difference now is there is so much water under the bridge I would drown if I ever went back to him. A whole year had passed since the divorce, but I had spiralled so deep into darkness afterwards it took me so long to come up into the light and see things clearly.
[reconciling with Simon Cowell] I didn't want to work with him anytime soon, but to be in touch again felt like a cloud had been blown away from my life.
[wanting to write her autobiography] The lies and the speculation had to stop. All that media scrutiny had nearly turned me crazy, and there was no way I was going back there again. I was in a happy place, and I was not going back into that darkness. I was ready to tell my story exactly how it is, straight from my heart.
Derek (Hough) is one of those people who makes the day more enjoyable.
[during her divorce from Ashley Cole] I'm not going to stay at home and wallow in all those horrible feelings and thoughts when I could be doing what I love and making music.
I never had bad vibes about marrying Ashley (Cole). I wish I was still married to him...if only things had turned out differently.
[about her wedding] I felt like a princess, but one with her feet firmly on the ground.
There are always bumps and crashes after every high.
[Ashley Cole's infidelities] When I'd said my vows to Ashley on our wedding day I meant them, but how could we possibly recover from this?
My 20s have been full of the highest highs and the lowest lows, but now its time for me to find some balance, and my happy place. Keep calm and soldier on.
I have never claimed to be the best vocalist in the world. I'm a performer, and putting on a show is what I enjoy most of all.
My family are my real world; they're not in the dream that my life becomes sometimes, and when I need a leveler I turn to them. They've watched me have a dream, pursue it and live it, and now having a family of my own is my next big dream.
I hated drugs with an absolute passion.
I just loved being on the stage. I felt alive. It's where I felt like me.
I've got an old head on me shoulders.
[being a pop star] I wouldn't be happy doing anything else.
If someone attacked a Tweedy, we were taught to defend ourselves.
X-Factor changed my life and taught me so much on so many levels.
If I became famous in LA, where will I be able to escape to?
[US X-Factor] Its just like the UK auditions but with American auditions.
I had no interest in being educated. My life took place outside the school gates, not inside them.
Pride is a massive thing for Geordies.
It was not a question of "if" I was going to make it, just "when".
I didn't ever feel I had to chase my dream, because I firmly believed I'd make it happen one day, when the time was right. It wasn't about being famous or rich. I just wanted to dance and sing and entertain people, because it's what I loved to do. It was simple, that clear.
[her divorce from Ashley Cole] It's like a death, but you're still alive, living after the death of something that was such a big part of both of you.
You need to know Newcastle to really know me, because being a Geordie is so much a part of my character and is so special to me.
[the early days with Ashley Cole] He didn't invite trouble into our lives in any way at all, and I felt so comfortable in his company.
[the differences between her and Ashley Cole] Nobody cares what he does as long as he has a good game. It's all about the football, but it's different for me because the fans want to know everything and not just about the music.
Whenever things are going right, something goes wrong. It's like the happier I am, the worse the crash.
[on Prince Harry] I knew Harry before I knew his dad so we've met a few times. I think he's amazing and I think you can relate to him because he's made mistakes. He's cool. Although, I think I would be Cougarville in that relationship. I would be in Cougarville.
I am a woman and I like sex.

Salary (1)

The X Factor (2004) £1,500,000 (Season 11)

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