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Simon Cowell reveals he had "no idea" Cheryl had married

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Simon Cowell

has revealed that he had "no idea" that his fellow

The X Factor



had become a married woman.Tweeting to his millions of fans following a ten-day silence Simon wrote: "I still can't believe my lil buddy Cheryl got married. Had no idea. He is a great guy. Am very happy for them."

Simon and Cheryl's husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini met when Jean-Bernard flew to Edinburgh with the

X Factor

judges earlier this year.

Cheryl's surprise wedding was announced on Sunday

as she took to social media to reveal the news.The

X Factor

judge, 31, revealed the surprise news on Sunday night by posting a picture of her engagement and wedding ring."I usually do not discuss my personal life but to stop the speculation I want to


my happy news... Jean-Bernard and I married on 7/7/14..," read the text accompanying the picture.

"❤️ We are very happy and excited to move forward with our lives together.."Simon and Cheryl first met when Cheryl joined Simon's hit ITV show

The X Factor

in 2008. They famously fell out when Cheryl was fired from the US version after only several audition episodes, but the pair both admitted they were returning to the UK show early in 2014. Cheryl posted a snap on Instagram of her jokingly wringing Simon's neck to announce the news.

"GUESS WHAT!!.. ? I'm baaaacccckkkkk!!!! #iMayActuallyRingHisNeck? #XFactor2014 ? #leggooo ?

" she captioned the shot.

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In her first interview after announcing the news


said that it was


constant begging that convinced her to return to

The X Factor


Crazy, Stupid, Love

singer joked that

Simon's tears finally made her decide to rejoin the judging panel.

"There's only so much begging one can take," Cheryl said during an interview on


. "It's not nice to see a grown man cry, so I finally succumbed."And the new dad again admitted that he had made a mistake in sacking her. "You know what, I've been doing this for a long time. You have fallouts. I held my hands up and said I was sorry, and I was sorry," he said."And then when I decided I wanted to come back (to the UK

X Factor

), I also decided I had to have Cheryl back on the show with me."

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