Cheryl Cole at Heathrow Airport
Cheryl Cole and Ashley Cole
Cheryl Cole has announced she is to split from hubby Ashley Cole.
The 26-year-old has decided to end the marriage after three-and-a-half years, and released a statement today reading: 'Cheryl Cole is separating from her husband Ashley Cole. Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time.'
Cheryl has spent the last week recording in LA, and arrived back in Britain this afternoon - looking super-stylish as ever - before making the announcement.
The couple began dating in in 2004, and announced their engagement in June 2005. They married at a ceremony in Barnet on 15 July 1996.
The once picture-perfect couple have since been snapped looking gorgeous and glam at a number of social events but now, it seems, The X Factor judge is ready to move on.
Good luck with your new future, Cheryl.
By Ruth Doherty