It Turns Out Cheryl Cole Might Not Actually Be Married After All

Confused? Us too.

1. Cheryl Cole shocked everyone when she announced on Monday that she’d married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, her boyfriend of three months, in secret on 7 July.

She posted this image of her wedding ring on Instagram with the caption: “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. We are very happy and excited to move forward with our lives together.”

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2. But it turns out she might not actually be married after all. Confused? Us too.

According to reports today, Cole and Fernandez-Versini’s marriage hasn’t been registered and therefore may not be legal – and it’s all down to confusion over the groom’s selection of names.

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3. Officials in the Caribbean where the marriage took place are apparently perplexed over Jean-Bernard’s seven names.


Apparently they “can’t get their heads around” his full name, which is Jean-Bernard Justin Antoine Aime Bastien Thierry Fernandez.

The clerk who filled out the marriage licence wrote “Do not understand bachelor’s names” on the paperwork.

Furthermore, a clerk at the office who is dealing with the problem told The Sun: “We need to know the spelling of his names before we can process the documents and register the marriage.”

So it seems Cheryl may be waiting a while longer before she changes her surname from Cole to Fernandez-Versini.

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4. But it seems that they’re very happy together, with Chez hitting back at claims that her new husband is a “player”.

She shared this image on Instagram which pretty effectively shut down the reports. Nice work, Cheryl.

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Ellie Woodward is a UK celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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