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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to divorce Jean Bernard

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It has been revealed that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is sadly ending her 18-month marriage to Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini. The Geordie beauty has begun legal proceedings, by filing paperwork citing 'irreconcilable differences' for the break down of their marriage.

Although the former Girls Aloud singer has yet to comment on the split, hours after the news broke she took to her Instagram page to post an uncaptioned selfie of her blowing a kiss.

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There had been question marks over their union in the last few months given JB's absences, most notably at the Pride of Britain awards and the Music Industry Trusts gala honouring her boss Simon Cowell.

They also faced a testing time after the death of JB's dad. Cheryl felt forced to speak out amid comments about her slim frame, saying she had lost weight because of mourning her father-in-law.

Amid the rumours, the French businessman went out of his way to assure fans that they were still going strong. He told Instagram followers that he would put his "life on the line" for Cheryl and if they had been spending time apart it was because of his business. The restaurateur is thought to have been travelling to find new locations for his ventures.

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The couple on a trip to his native Paris in January 2015

Indeed, all seemed well when the suave Frenchman escorted his pop star wife to Ant and Dec's joint 40th birthday party.

The couple married in a romantic secret wedding on 7 July, 2014 – three months after meeting in Cannes. There were just a handful of guests as the bride and groom, both dressed in white, exchanged vows on a beach in Mustique just as the sun was setting.

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Cheryl and Jean Bernard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015

It was the second marriage for the star after her relationship with footballer Ashley Cole crumbled in 2010 amid reports of infidelity on his part and fans hoped she had found a lasting love.

Now, though, just 18 months later her dream of a happily ever seems to have evaporated and the nation's sweetheart must once again pick herself up and rebuild her life.

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