Cheryl Ann Cole (née Tweedy; born 30 June 1983) is an English singer, songwriter, dancer, model, and television personality.
Cole rose to fame in 2002 after becoming a member of pop group Girls Aloud through ITV’s reality television programme Popstars: The Rivals. They have become one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success, amassing a fortune of £25 million by May 2009.
With Girls Aloud, Cole has been successful in achieving a string of 20 consecutive UK top ten singles (including four number ones), two UK number one albums, and received nominations for four BRIT Awards, winning Best Single in 2009 for “The Promise”.
In 2008, Cole became a judge on the British reality television show The X Factor. Propelling her fame to new heights, Cole has been called “the nation’s new sweetheart.” Cole’s first solo single, “Fight for This Love”, was the fastest-selling single of 2009 up to that point when it entered the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart at number one, becoming the fourth best-seller of the year. Her debut solo album 3 Words achieved similar success.
Cole has also become recognized as a style icon, appearing on the covers of British Vogue and Elle.
In 2009, Cole became the new face of L’Oréal. She is married to the Chelsea and England football player Ashley Cole.