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Secret beach wedding for Cheryl
Pop star Cheryl Cole has surprised fans by marrying her French boyfriend of just three months in a secret beach wedding.
The X Factor judge - who said she could not make even the simplest of decisions during a recent, bleak period in her life - said "I do" to French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
In a statement posted on her website, which crashed with the announcement, the 31-year-old singer revealed that she tied the knot last week.
"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," she said.
The Crazy Stupid Love singer, who was previously married to footballer Ashley Cole, added: "We are very happy and excited to move forward with our lives together."
The former Girls Aloud singer posted a snap of a giant stone on her ring finger on Instagram.
Since first being pictured together, Cole and her 33-year-old boyfriend were reported to have moved in together. They were spotted at glamorous events such as the Cannes Film Festival.
According to a previous report in the New York Times, the Frenchman had a playboy reputation when he lived in New York in his 20s and took a year off "just to party".
But he is since said to have settled down to focus on his restaurant business.
He recently leapt to his girlfriend's defence after w atching her perform on the final of Britain's Got Talent.
When viewers claimed that she had mimed, he wrote: "Lady Cole, I love how much you bother them."
The couple are said to have married on a beach on the Caribbean island of Mustique with just four guests in attendance, including Cole's mother Joan Callaghan.
Cole married footballer Ashley Cole, amid huge publicity, in a lavish 2006 ceremony, but they divorced in 2010 following allegations that he had cheated on her.
She later had a brief romance with Derek Hough, and a longer romance with fellow dancer Tre Holloway.
The marriage comes shortly after Cole, who is set to return to TV screens as a judge on the X Factor, revealed in a magazine interview that she felt as though she was having a nervous breakdown last year.
She told Elle magazine that, following her very public sacking from X Factor USA, she "wasn't well in the head".
''I can talk about this because I'm OK about it now," she said. "But I went through hell and it literally drove me mad.
''It only hit me at the beginning of 2013 that I'd completely lost myself. I'd look in a mirror and think 'Who the hell is she?'.
"I didn't know what I thought or felt about anything, couldn't make decisions - I didn't even know what to eat or drink. Something was seriously wrong: it felt like a nervous breakdown.
"I had to stop, get out of my life I'd been living and find myself again. The consequences if I didn't were just too frightening."
The singer said that she was in a much happier place now, adding: " 'I've learned that there is no such thing as a plan. You can't make them."