Here’s why single lady Cheryl is holding on to ‘Fernandez-Versini’

After news of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's split from her husband broke earlier this month, fans wondered if yet another surname change was in order for the star.

Since her early days as a Popstars contestant, we've known Cheryl under a few different names, each with a very different identity – her Girls Aloud/wild child days as Cheryl Tweedy, her first marriage and solo music career as Cheryl Cole, and the last 18 months as Ms. Fernandez-Versini.

But according to documents obtained by The Sun, the singer is keen to keep the double-barrelled surname, to avoid returning to one of the old surnames that simply have negative associations for her.

"Cheryl has had to reinvent herself several times but her three past names all have very different memories," a source told the paper.

"Tweedy is associated with her assault court case [after an incident in a nightclub in 2003], Cole with [her first husband] Ashley’s cheating."

The documents show that Cheryl has requested that her current name, Fernandez-Versini, remain unchanged in any contracts linked to her company, CC Couture Ltd.

It's thought that the X Factor judge and her second husband Jean-Bernard "secretly" split back in August, but made things official by filing for divorce at the start of January.

A look at her latest Instagram posts show that Cheryl's been doing her best to keep busy, getting some time at the gym in as well as a night out with her Girls Aloud bandmates Kimberly Walsh and Nicola Roberts.


Wild n out !!! @lilcola @kimberleywalshofficial

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Looking good, Cheryl – we bet Jean-Bernard was feeling more than a little regretful after seeing that snap.