As rumors heat up about Liam Payne becoming a dad with Cheryl Fernandez’s baby, One Directioners are wondering just who his gorgeous girlfriend is! We have the full scoop on the British beauty, here.
While Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, 33, might be a huge superstar in her native United Kingdom, many fans first learned of the her when she began dating Liam Payne, 23, in early 2016. Now as the alleged news of her being pregnant with his baby spices up, we’re so interested to learn everything about Cheryl! Here are the five things you NEED to know about her.
1. She was a founding member of Girls Aloud, the UK’s biggest-selling girl group of the 21st century.
Cheryl was arguably the leading member of Girls Aloud, which was one of the most popular and successful British girl groups of all time. The group lasted from 2002 to 2013, and achieved a whopping 20 consecutive Top 10 singles in the United Kingdom. They released five albums together and were nominated for five Brit Awards. Seriously, if you haven’t heard their singles like “The Promise” or “Call the Shots,” you need to download them ASAP!
2. Cheryl became a successful solo pop star, even while Girls Aloud were still together.
She released her debut solo album, 3 Words, in 2009 during a break between recording with the group. It debuted at Number One on the UK Albums Chart and was both a huge critical and commercial success. Cheryl went on to release three more solo albums, and she’s currently recording her upcoming fifth studio effort.
3. She’s been a judge on The X-Factor — both the American and British versions.
In 2008, she replaced Sharon Osbourne as a judge on the fifth season of the UK edition of The X-Factor, alongside Simon Cowell! She appeared on the show from 2008 to 2010, and again from 2014 to 2015, and this is where she originally met Liam, back when he was a contestant in One Direction! Cheryl also appeared as a guest judge on the first season of the American X-Factor in 2011.
4. Cheryl’s been married twice — to British soccer star Ashley Cole, and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
In Sept. 2004, Cheryl began dating hunky athlete Ashley, and after dating for almost a year, he proposed to her in Dubai in June 2005. They got married in London in July 2006, but unfortunately she filed for divorce four years later in Feb. 2010. In July 2014, she wed Jean-Bernard after dating for only three months. The couple divorced in Jan. 2016.
5. She’s widely recognized as a style icon.
She’s covered British Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, and in 2009 and 2010, she was named Best Dressed Woman by British Glamour. She even has her own wax statue in Madama Tussauds London. Talk about some serious style goals!
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