2010年 2月 24日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间12:26

Fight for this Love is Over 为爱而抗争宣告结束

Cheryl and Ashley Cole

Cheryl and Ashley in happier times

The story on every Briton's lips at the moment is not the worldwide recession, not the Winter Olympics but a pop star and a Premiership footballer's marriage. That of Cheryl and Ashley Cole.

The couple's split 分手 was announced in the news yesterday. After over a year of humiliating revelations 被揭露令人丢脸不光彩之事 about her Premiership footballer husband's philandering 调戏玩弄女人, pop star Cheryl Cole has finally put her foot down 做出决定. She announced their four-year marriage was over.

There is no doubt who is the villain 坏人 and who is the victim 受害者 in this story. Cheryl's popularity with the British public will ensure that sympathy for the Chelsea footballer is likely to be thin-on-the-ground 寥寥无几.

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl arrives at Heathrow after the split is announced

Cheryl stood by 支持 her husband after newspaper reports in 2008 about Ashley Cole's infidelity but the latest disclosures被揭露的信息 have clearly been too much for the pop star to tolerate.

Cheryl Cole reportedly sent a text message to Ashley at the weekend saying: "Move out. It's over." Her PR company confirmed the separation on micro-blogging site 微型博客网站 Twitter.

It was a match made in tabloid 小报 heaven when the famous pair met in 2004 and got engaged a year later after the footballer proposed in glitzy 华丽的 Dubai. Glossy magazine 通俗时尚杂志 OK! covered the wedding in a reported £1m deal.

Cheryl shot to fame when she won a TV talent show with girl band Girls Aloud when she was just 19 years old. Her humble beginnings 卑微的出身 further increased her popularity with the public.

Her model looks won her a contract with L'Oreal and her star appeal was sealed when she gave Vogue its highest-selling February issue when she appeared on the front cover last year.

Her position as the nation's sweetheart 民众的宠儿 was secured when she became a judge on reality talent show The X Factor. She came across to the audience as likeable, beautiful and immaculately dressed. Fellow judge and music maestro 音乐大师 Pete Waterman was certain of her appeal. "You have the most beautiful eyes and skin I think I've ever seen in my life," he said.

Her latest single Fight for This Love entered the charts at number one and many speculated that the lyrics revealed her sadness with her problematic marriage. One thing is clear, she has decided to give up 放弃,停止 the fight.


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