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OFFICIAL: Cheryl will be changing her name

Cheryl drops Fernandez-Versini name before divorce from hubby is finalised

EXCLUSIVE: Star will be known as simply as Cheryl, then might revive Cole or Tweedy

CHERYL goes public with boyfriend Liam Payne for the first time as we can reveal she is axing Fernandez-Versini as her last name.

The Sun can reveal the X Factor judge will be known simply as Cheryl until her decree nisi goes through after The Sun revealed she had fallen madly in love with the One Direction hunk.

After the divorce from French playboy Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini she will either revert to her most famous name of Cole or her maiden name of Tweedy.

Last night a source close to the former Girls Aloud member revealed: “Cheryl doesn’t want people to use the Fernandez-Versini last name wherever that is possible.



“She wants to put the marriage and an unhappy chapter in her life behind her.

“But there are obviously practical matters to sort out and she can’t drop it officially until the decree nisi is granted.

“At the moment there’s still wrangling going on over the terms of the divorce.”

As soon as that happens, Cheryl, 32, is considering changing her last name back to Cole, despite her marriage to love rat footballer Ashley ending in 2010.

The source explained: “Cheryl Cole became a brand. It wasn’t about Ashley in the end.

“A lot of people still refer to her as Cheryl Cole because it was under that name that she went from a girl band member to a massive superstar and household name.

“Obviously she has a connection to that name and it’s really become nothing to do with Ashley or their relationship, which is entirely separate and caused her a lot of pain.

“It would probably be the preferred option for big brand like Loreal who pay her a lot of money.”

However, there is also a smaller chance she could return to using her maiden name of Tweedy.

The source said: “Tweedy is a possibility but it’s a harder decision because she hasn’t been called that for ten years now.

“She’s obviously very proud of her heritage but it could be a step back for her professionally.”

The first picture of secret lovebirds Cheryl, 32, and Liam, 22, was taken in the pet food aisle of Tesco, Guildford, at midnight on Saturday, the exact moment The Sun broke the news of their secret three-month relationship.

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Cheryl took hold of the trolley while her new man Liam walked beside her.

A source said: “This is a clear sign that Cheryl and Liam are ready to go public with their relationship.

“The fact they are willing to step out in the local supermarket proves they are not worried about being seen together.

“They are so happy to have fallen for each other that they don’t care if the whole world knows about it.”

The Sun told how the pop superstars began a secret romance in December after Cheryl decided to divorce her husband Jean-Bernard.

Their relationship developed very quickly and Liam has told friends he is “madly in love” with the singer.

The Sun on Sunday revealed yesterday how the pair sneaked off on a Valentine’s Day holiday to the Maldives together earlier this month.

They spent more than a week on the secret sunshine break by the Indian Ocean.

Pals of Cheryl have told The Sun that the 1D star has made her happy again after she endured a tough 2015, which ended with the breakdown of her marriage.

In January we revealed that she is divorcing ex Jean-Bernard citing “unreasonable behaviour”.