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catchphrase - she really is worth it and by women for her resilience and the dignified manner in which she has handled such public heartbreak. Throw in the fact Ashley Cole is an overpaid


idiot and it is little wonder the world has come out flying the Team Cheryl flag. It is a rise that has seen her not only become

one of the nation’s biggest earners but left every other WAG, pop star or TV personality trailing in her wake. Her starring role on X-Factor, coupled with

a solo singing career which caught the public’s imagination and her decision to show her cheating husband the red-card has elevated her to numero uno in the popularity stakes. She’s frequently voted Britain’s sexiest

woman by both sexes and this year at the Style Beauty Awards, it was Cheryl who was named favourite beauty icon. The fact she finds such an accolade cringe-

worthy makes her even more appealing though and it seems she really can do no wrong. She modestly said: “I don’t get it. I find it

hilarious sometimes. I don’t know what to say. It’s a bit embarrassing. “If you could just give me one word to be it

would be ‘inspirational.’ I like to help somebody make the best of themselves.” On ITVs X Factor she has certainly become the

darling of the judging panel and her chemistry with Simon Cowell is there for all to see. Talking about Cowell she said: “Simon is the

most charismatic man I’ve ever met — it’s like he’s trancing you or something. It’s actually quite scary.” But then the early days weren’t plain sailing

for Cheryl — she fell out publicly with Charlotte Church and Lily Allen, and there was the assault on a lavatory attendant in 2003 and she admits she’s still no pushover, she says, “I’d stick up for myself. I still do that.” The product of a single-parent council-

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he was always reputed as the feisty outspoken one from Girls Aloud but in the past two years Cheryl Cole has become the nation’s sweetheart, universally loved by men and women alike.

By men - because to steal her L’Oréal

She might have had a rollercoaster year but there’s no denying the ever-increasing appeal of Cheryl Cole. Here the Geordie lass talks fame, the future and having the X-factor.

By Mark Bowness

estate upbringing, she’s learnt to do just that— her brother has been in prison, was recently arrested following an armed robbery and has had drug problems — but for the most part Cheryl has risen above it and come out the other side a better person. She’s certainly never been far from the

headlines in recent years, her divorce from Ashley Cole, her malaria scare and her links with US dancer Derek Hough have filled the pages. It is something she tries to avoid. Talking about the coverage she said: “I can’t

listen to everyone, because everyone is gonna have an opposite opinion. I live by that saying, ‘You can please all of the people some of the time, some of the people all the time, but you’ll never please all the people all the time,’ so what’s the point in trying? No, just let people have their

Simon is the most charismatic man I’ve ever met.

opinions. You get to that place where you know yourself and you start to listen to yourself.” Speaking in October’s issue of Vogue, Cheryl

says she has moved on after her divorce and is already thinking about having children in the future. She said: “That’s definitely something I want

to achieve. It’s the toughest job in the world - but I know it must be the most rewarding too. I’m ready now. I’m 27. I’m a woman, not a girl any more. “Thinking about yourself constantly isn’t so

healthy. I suppose that’s the point of having children, isn’t it? Being able to live your life through them instead of you, having them be your motivation? “That’s the ‘right’ thing, I’m thinking - when

you love someone more than you love yourself. That’s what I think about my mum.” She said: “I’ve got a lot of mental discipline. Even if I’m knackered I keep myself going no

matter what. “I have to perform. I have to deliver. Night-

time, that’s when my brain starts ticking over. “I’m frightened of my mind at night. I find

myself racing, racing, racing. Sometimes I wake up and think, ‘What was that about’? It’s so vivid.” Cheryl added: “I’d never want to give up what

I do - I love my music, I love being a judge on The X Factor.” So what of the future? She likes the idea of

having her own fragrance, maybe a fashion line. She has a new album coming out later this year which she describes as “really exciting” and there’s constant talk of her move to the States. It is a life that the one-time Queen of the

WAGS Victoria Beckham must look at and shake her head at in disbelief. Last year Cheryl, 27, raked in an estimated

£6.9 million through TV and sponsorship deals and her fledgling solo career. It edged her ahead of veteran Wag Victoria

Beckham who made £6.75 million over the past two years. And as one insider recently commented: “It’s

the end of Posh Spice’s reign. Queen Victoria is on her way out. And there’s a new princess ready to take her crown.” Cheryl’s fortune has more than doubled with

a string of deals, topped by her role as a judge on X Factor which netted her £1.75million in two years. The 5ft 3in pop princess - worth £12million overall - also made £1.5million from Girls Aloud and is expected to make £1million from her solo music career. Debut hit Fight For This Love shot to No1 as

the year’s fastest selling single. She’s also notched up £1.25million from

property deals - and lives in the £3.5million Surrey mansion she once shared with her ex- husband. Added to that is her £500,000 L’Oréal hair care

deal. She’s expected to make the same from her new calendar, and bag a further £400,000 from modelling and interviews. It all adds up to a glittering career and like

her bank balance, it continues to grow. Is she worth it? There are not many people who would argue otherwise.

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