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

Confused? Us too.

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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."

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.

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.

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.