Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne's relationship took us all by surprise, but she's also reportedly making another major change in her life — she's ditching her last name. (She was previously married to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.) Apparently, she's considering taking her ex Ashley Cole's last name, because she's most famously known by that moniker, Cheryl Cole.
"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 is granted. At the moment there's still wrangling going on over the terms of the divorce," a source told The Sun.
"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."
That's a smart move! Although changing her name happens to coincide with her new relationship with Payno, it seems like they're (mostly) unrelated events in her life.
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