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She's back on this side of the Atlantic – and today Cher Lloyd made a welcomed appearance on ITV's Loose Women.

In fact the petite singer, who has had a string of chart hits since she first found fame on The X Factor back in 2010, revealed that it's been a full two YEARS since she first packed up and moved Stateside. 

And the impact of her American beauty regime could today be seen to full effect.

Indeed, fellow panellist Martine McCutcheon couldn't help but comment how the 23-year-old looked "stunning".

Fans and viewers at home, however, felt that her look was striking for one reason alone – namely that she and her former reality TV show mentor and one-time nemesis Cheryl Cole have now largely morphed into the same person.

From the glossy mane of brunette tresses to the mega-white teeth, make-up, high cheek bones and sun-kissed skin – the resemblance was certainly uncanny. 

Previously close, Cheryl and Cher had a famous falling out in 2012 when the latter said she would only sing a duet with the former if "she sang live" without the help of Auto-Tune.

Afterwards, Ms Cole angrily tweeted: "Be careful who you kick on your way up. They kick you twice as hard on your way back down. #unappreciationisugly," later admitting in an interview that the jibe was a "slap in the face".

It is an issue that Loose Women's Janet Street Porter gently asked about today: "Cheryl; have you made up with her?" the journalist said.

To which the popstar replied: "Oh yeah, we made up ages ago. I had gotten married and she tweeted me. And then when she got married and I tweeted her."

Although when pushed on whether the duo would be meeting up, a smiling Ms Lloyd stated diplomatically; "I'd hope to bump into her. It would be nice to bump into her."

 

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It's been a massive 13 years since Love Actually was first released, and it's still one of our favourite Christmas/hangover day movies ever.

One of the sweetest plotlines from the Richard Curtis film has to be the love story between Downing St housekeeper Natalie, played by Martine McCutcheon and the Prime Minister, played by rom-com veteran Hugh Grant.

Okay, there was a relatively shaky attempt to combine UK-USA relations with a love triangle featuring the PM, the US President and Natalie, but leaving that aside, it's pretty darn sweet. The scenes where David trawls through all of Wandsworth ("the dodgy end") looking for Natalie's house? Adorable.

So we were delighted to see that Hugh and Martine are still pally 13 years on, and even more excited to see them actually attending the same event in London on Tuesday night.

A whole heap of stars gathered at the British Film Institute's Chairman's Dinner last night to see Hugh accept his Fellowship Prize for outstanding contribution to the industry, and the proudest among them had to be his former co-star Martine.

"Well done Hugh – I was so honoured to be there with you," she wrote on Instagram yesterday.

"It was a beautiful, intimate evening and Hugh so deserves the honour. He is a reluctant movie star – but a a rare gem all the same who makes the whole acting process look like the most natural thing in the world… The best kind of acting in my book…"

Also showing his support was Love Actually hero Bill Nighy, looking dapper as ever in a pair of black-rimmed specs:

Anyone else dying to go and watch Christmas movies right now?

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