Cheryl Fernandez-Versini furious after use of old surname

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 October 2014
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was said to be left fuming after 'The X Factor' warm-up act Ian Royce referred to her by her former husband's surname, Cole

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was reportedly furious after being introduced as Cheryl Cole.

The 'X Factor' judge officially changed her name after tying the knot with French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini earlier this year, dropping her first husband, soccer star Ashley Cole's surname for good.

However, the talent show's warm-up act Ian Royce is said to have referred to her by her old name before Sunday's (26.10.14) results show because he was struggling to pronounce her new French name correctly.

A source claimed Cheryl "looked really peeved. She said, 'Cole is not my name!"

The insider added to The Sun newspaper: "Royce said he had trouble pronouncing it but she gave him a withering look and said it wasn't hard to say 'unless you were arrogant and had no common sense'."

Jean-Bernard was sitting in the audience during the incident, alongside show boss Simon Cowell's right-hand woman Sinitta - who claims an edict was handed out to everyone in the studio instructing them not to refer to Cheryl as Cheryl Cole.

Sinitta explained: "Do not use the C-word in this building. The four-letter C-word, Cole."

However, the 'Crazy Stupid Love' singer is now said to have forgiven Ian - who is also a warm-up act on 'Britain's Got Talent' and for One Direction.

A source revealed: "She and Roycey have now kissed and made up."


Girls Aloud singer and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole performs pop and dance-pop to promote her album A Million Lights.

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