Like the assassination of JFK you will remember where you were the day you heard this momentous news.
The Girls Aloud star is said to be relieved to have achieved a “divorce with dignity”.
A pal said: “It’s been a horrible few months for her, but at last she can look forward to the future.
“She feels like a massive weight has been lifted off her shoulders. She thinks it’s sad the way things have turned out, but life goes on.”
Neither Cheryl, 27, nor Chelsea left-back Ashley, 27, are expected to be present when their four-year marriage is officially declared over at the High Court in London today.
The X Factor judge is in Los Angeles while England star Ashley will face Bulgaria at Wembley tonight. Their case – numbered FD10D02550 – will be the first of 29 to be rubber-stamped by District Judge Christopher Simmonds. In a break from protocol, only their initials – CAC v AC – were listed yesterday at the court, unlike the other couples’ cases. Their decree nisi is to be announced at 10am in Court 9 of the Principal Registry of the High Court’s Family Division in High Holborn, central London.
The divorce was pushed through after the couple, each reckoned to be worth around £10million, struck a deal on property, money and other assets.
In the absence of any prenuptial agreement, it is believed they will split everything 50-50, including their £6million Surrey mansion. Cheryl is expected to sell the nine-bedroomed marital home they shared, divide the proceeds and move to a smaller house. She will also keep the couple’s two dogs, boxers Buster and Coco. Ashley earns about £6million a year from Chelsea and sponsorship deals. Cheryl has raked in £5million with Girls Aloud and has a new £1.7million-a-year contract for her TV role as an X Factor judge. (Daily Mirror)
It’s over now, we will all have to just move on or at least try to as best we can. It was a relationship that had its up and downs and sunk to incredible depths when posing for this national lottery ad below but also had amusing side stories like the continuous attempts by Ashley to get into other women’s knickers.