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Cheryl Cole has launched divorce action against husband Ashley

Cheryl Cole has launched divorce action against husband Ashley

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Joel Ryan

Cheryl Cole from Girls Aloud

Cheryl Cole from Girls Aloud

Cheryl Cole on new series of X Factor

Cheryl Cole on new series of X Factor

One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole arrives back in the UK

Cheryl Cole arrives back in the UK

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole  arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

Britiish singer Cheryl Cole, centre, speaks with officials as she arrives at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Britiish singer Cheryl Cole, centre, speaks with officials as she arrives at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

British band Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

British band Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole  arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

British group Girls Aloud pose backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 after winning a prize for best British Single of the year. From left, Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

British group Girls Aloud pose backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 after winning a prize for best British Single of the year. From left, Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award  at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

MJ Kim

British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award  at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court

British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court

MJ Kim

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Dave Hogan

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Nicola roberts, Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding perform at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Nicola roberts, Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding perform at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Dave Hogan

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud poses after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud poses after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Tim Whitby

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole collect their Best Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole collect their Best Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Dave Hogan

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle,  Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Tim Whitby

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle,  Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Tim Whitby

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

2. Cheryl Cole

2. Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole walks on the catwalk at the Fashion For Relief show, during London Fashion Week at the Natural History Museum in central London, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2008. Funds were raised by the show and a following auction for The White Ribbon Alliance charity to be used directly to promote and increase awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women and newborns in developing and developed countries. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Cheryl Cole walks on the catwalk at the Fashion For Relief show, during London Fashion Week at the Natural History Museum in central London, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2008. Funds were raised by the show and a following auction for The White Ribbon Alliance charity to be used directly to promote and increase awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women and newborns in developing and developed countries. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Lefteris Pitarakis

Nadine Coyle with Cheryl Cole

Nadine Coyle with Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole has launched divorce action against husband Ashley

Cheryl Cole has launched divorce action against footballer husband Ashley, sources close to the singer have confirmed.

The 26-year-old X Factor judge filed papers at the High Court in London on Tuesday and is expected to ask for a "quickie" divorce.

The singer will let the Chelsea soccer star keep their £6 million mansion as part of the deal, according to the Sun.

Their split was announced in February after claims that the left-back had been unfaithful during the couple's three-and-a-half-year marriage.

Cheryl, who topped the charts with her first solo single Fight For This Love, stuck by Ashley after allegations of his infidelity surfaced two years ago.

But further claims that his mobile phone had been used to send saucy photos to a glamour model and indulge in "sex texts", plus further kiss-and-tell stories, appeared to have been too much of a strain on the relationship.

Ashley is expected to feature in England's team during the World Cup in South Africa this summer after returning to fitness at the end of Chelsea's title-winning season.

Cheryl's career hit new heights thanks to her starring role on the judging panel for ITV1's The X Factor. Her solo pop career also flourished with the release of her debut album 3 Words.

She is said to have told her husband the marriage was over by text message.

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