Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's estranged husband calls her 'a great girl'


Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's ex has finally broken his silence after their split, saying she is "a great girl".

Entrepreneur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini separated from the star in October, although they have yet to finalise their divorce.

Opening up about the end of his marriage, he told the Mirror that he is trying to get on with his life and that, like Cheryl, he is dating again.

"It's been a tough year, I'm trying to move on," he said.

"I'll never think badly of her. She is a great girl."

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in 2014
Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini (Ian West/PA)

He went on: "I'm still a married man, but there is someone else."

The restaurateur fell for Cheryl when they met in 2014 and they embarked on a whirlwind romance, tying the knot just three months later.

Jean-Bernard admitted he had no idea she was a famous singer and TV star when they met.

"I fell in love, what could I do? I didn't know Cheryl was famous when I met her," he said. "I was having a party at my house in South Africa and she turned up, but I didn't know who she was. I always go for very beautiful women."

Cheryl filed for divorce in January citing irreconcilable differences.

The Fight For This Love singer is now dating One Direction's Liam Payne.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne on the red carpet
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne (Francois Mori/AP/PA)