Five things you might not know about Cheryl
Singer and style icon Cheryl appears in the fourth episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Series 13 on Thursday 15 December. Here are five things about the star you may not know…
Cheryl receives the famous Who Do You Think You Are? treatment on Thursday 15 December (Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty)
Everyone’s favourite Geordie lass, Cheryl (née Tweedy) became an instant national treasure during her stint as a judge on The X Factor – giving the talent contest some much-needed northern sass.
Propelled to fame on POPSTARS: The Rivals in 2002, as a member of Girls Aloud, Cheryl has grown into a high-profile celebrity and style icon in her own right. As the star of the most successful girl band of the 2000s, Cheryl has regularly dominated both the music charts and gossip columns.
Not only does her love life and glamorous wardrobe gain continued attention, her solo career has included a number of hits including Fight for This Love (2009).
Here’s some other facts you may not have known about “our” Cheryl...
1. Record breakers
Rocketing to the top of the Christmas charts in 2002 with the obscenely catchy Sound of the Underground, Girls Aloud still hold the record for the quickest rise from formation to number 1 in chart history.
2. Teen troublemaker
While attending Walker Comprehensive School in her native Newcastle, troublesome Tweedy was suspended twice for rowdy behaviour: once for swearing on a bus, and again for fighting with another pupil.
3. Ain't no mountain high enough
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Cheryl hiked to the summit of Kilimanjaro in 2009 for Sport Relief. A year later, however, she faced an even greater challenge in battling malaria. Cheryl herself says she “was given 24-hours to live”. Luckily for us, she pulled through and returned to The X-Factor in full health.
4. Lost in translation
Cheryl sensationally became a judge on The X Factor USA in 2011. Yet, after only three weeks, Cheryl left the show in acrimony while also snubbing a return to the UK version. She made amends with Simon Cowell in 2014, returning with aplomb to the judging panel and mentored the girls’ category.
5. Something kinda tattoo
Known for her emphatic style statements, Cheryl also boasts some impressive body art. An elaborate rose tattoo covering her lower back, upper legs, and – ahem – other areas, certainly courted controversy. While having a “Mrs C” tattoo, it remains to be seen if she gets inked to celebrate her latest beau, One Direction star Liam Payne.