Cheryl Cole has secretly married her French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini after just three months.
In a well-timed announcement that meant the singer’s wedding was nearly completely eclipsed by the World Cup final, the X Factor presenter shared a picture of her engagement and wedding ring on her Instagram page yesterday.
The two were married in a low-key ceremony on the island of Mustique on 7 July, reportedly attended by only four guests. It would seem Simon Cowell’s invite must have got lost in the post.
“I usually do not discuss my personal life but to stop the speculation I want to share my happy news... Jean-Bernard and I married on 7/7/14. We are very happy and excited to move forward with our lives together.”
Fernandez-Versini, 33, is an entrepreneur and runs a pop-up restaurant business and reportedly divides him time between St Barts and the French Riviera.
In 2002, he was included in a New York Times feature, headlined A New Eurofestation – about a group of “hard partying jet-setters” known to New Yorkers as ‘Eurotrash’. He studied business administration at New York University and, according to the New York Times, took a gap year “just to party”. His parents footed the bill, naturally.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini best quotes
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini best quotes
1/15 On relating to Prince Harry:
"I love Prince Harry. Good looking and a bit of a rebel. Me and his dad are as thick as thieves and 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."
2/15 On her allegedly unattractive feet:
"Don't show my feet, Don't put the camera on my feet. A lot of people have foot fetishes, but they wouldn't have them over mine. They're dainty, they're a size 3, but there's nothing pretty about them."
3/15 On gender:
"I am a woman and I like sex."
Sport Relief/Gary Moyes
4/15 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."
5/15 On being 'urban':
"I still am very street - I just have nicer clothes. I'm not ashamed of that."
6/15 On her foes:
"If I could be good at any sport, it'd be javelin. I know a few people I would love to throw a spear at."
7/15 On her famous up-dos:
"I love that style. I felt really glamorous with it. The bigger the better I always say, the higher the hair, the closer to heaven."
8/15 On fighting:
"If someone attacked a Tweedy, we were taught to defend ourselves."
9/15 On her infamous bottom tattoo:
"It was in the thousands, probably the cost of a small car. He's an exceptional artist and he was worth it."
10/15 On what men want (apparently):
“As long as your hair's looking good and you've got a nice amount of make-up on. [In the bedroom] you've just got to throw your man on the bed and hop on! I think most men prefer to hear little breaths rather than big screams.”
11/15 On breast enhancement speculation:
“It's not my fault they're pert.”
12/15 On her X Factor sacking:
“Now I can say that Simon was right to get rid of me. “I wasn't well in the head when that was going on, so it wasn't going to work. But he wasn't right not to tell me to my face.”
13/15 On former husband Ashley Cole's culinary skills:
“He couldn't even cook toast.”
14/15 On her style:
'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.'
15/15 On, um, water:
"You can't hold on to water. It fills you up but never stays. It's only good to wash away, today."
As a 21-year-old he had a penchant for fashion and every autumn would travel to Monaco to buy his new wardrobe, before heading to New York and Paris Fashion Week. In other observations, he has a touch of the Richard Bacon about him.
Cole divorced first husband Ashley Cole in 2010, after a four-year marriage.