Cheryl divorced over husband's 'unreasonable behaviour' that caused weight loss


Singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini sought a divorce from French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini after complaining that his unreasonable behaviour had caused her stress and weight loss, court papers show.

A family court judge on Thursday drew the couple's marriage to a close.

Judge Heather MacGregor granted a decree nisi - after concluding that the marriage had "broken down irretrievably" - at a 14-second hearing in the Central Family Court in London.

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini
Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini are divorced (Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images)

Neither the singer nor her second husband were at the hearing.

Divorce papers filed at the court showed that the singer had petitioned for divorce.

Fernandez-Versini - in forms she signed on September 14 - said the cause of the breakdown was her husband's "unreasonable behaviour".

The singer said his behaviour had affected her health and added: "It caused stress and weight loss."

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
Cheryl at the Vogue 100 Gala Dinner in May this year (Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images)

A spokesman for the singer had announced that a decree nisi had been granted - more than an hour before the court hearing began.

Judge MacGregor made the formal pronouncement, in Court 20 of the court complex, at about 10.15am.

The spokesman had issued a statement to journalists at 9am, saying: "Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini have today obtained Decree Nisi in their divorce proceedings. No further comment will be made and they ask for their privacy to be respected."

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard
Cheryl and Jean-Bernard (Thibault Camus/AP/PA Images)

Judge MacGregor held that Mr Fernandez-Versini had "behaved in such a way" that Fernandez-Versini "cannot reasonably be expected to live with (him)".

She said the marriage would be resolved within six weeks when a decree absolute was made - providing no objections were raised.

Fernandez-Versini, 33, who found fame with the band Girls Aloud and who is a former judge on the X Factor television show, married Mr Fernandez-Versini, 35, two years ago.

Court papers said their marriage had been solemnised on July 7 2014 at Macaroni Beach, Mustique.

Her previous marriage to footballer Ashley Cole - an ex-Arsenal, Chelsea and England left back who is now at Los Angeles Galaxy - ended in divorce after four years in 2010.