Belfast Telegraph

Cheryl and Ashley Cole divorced

Cheryl Cole's four-year marriage to footballer husband Ashley has ended, on the grounds of his admitted unreasonable behaviour.

The celebrity couple were not at the Principal Registry of the High Court's Family Division for the hearing, which lasted just one minute 20 seconds.

Among divorce documents made public was a sworn statement signed by the 27-year-old Girls Aloud singer on July 28 this year in support of her petition for the "undefended cause" to be dealt with.

Asked if the respondent's behaviour was continuing, she replied "yes", but she left a blank beside the question of whether she considered it had affected her health.

To another question she confirmed that, since the date of the petition, she had not lived at the same address as 29-year-old Ashley for a period of more than six months.

The statement concluded with Cheryl asking the court to grant a decree dissolving her marriage on the ground of her husband's unreasonable behaviour and to order him to pay the agreed costs of £1,500.

In the decree nisi document, the judge held that "the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent" and that the marriage had broken down irretrievably.

The decree absolute will follow in six weeks unless either side makes representations to the court.

A spokesman for the singer said they would not be commenting on the news.

The pair separated in February after public allegations about the England and Chelsea defender's infidelity.

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