Fashion icon. Successful pop star. Brand ambassador. L’Oreal Paris spokesperson. Charity founder. Television personality. Award winner. Nation’s sweetheart. Cheryl is all of these things and more – a true superstar.
Cheryl rose to fame as a fifth of Girls Aloud, the most successful UK girlband of the 21st century as well as the most successful band to come out of a reality TV show. After coming together on Popstars: The Rivals, Girls Aloud went on to have four number one singles, five sell out arena tours and six platinum selling albums. The group also played the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium, having been personally invited to perform by Chris Martin as an opening act for Coldplay. Girls Aloud won and were nominated for countless awards, including winning the BRIT award for Best Single in 2009 for The Promise.
Her successful solo singing career began with the release of debut single Fight For This Love in October 2009. It sold 134,000 copies on its first day of release, becoming the fastest selling single of the year, going on to be certified platinum and being nominated for Best Single at the BRITs 2010. Since then, Cheryl has had a further two number one singles with Promise This and Call My Name and also topped the charts with her first two solo albums, 3 Words and Messy Little Raindrops. Cheryl embarked on her first solo sold out arena tour of the UK in October 2012, to promote her third solo album, A Million Lights. She was joined on stage by Will.I.Am on the London date, performing their acclaimed duet 3 Words.
As well as being big news in the beauty world, Cheryl is a bona fide style icon. She has graced the covers of the world’s biggest fashion magazines, including Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Her first Vogue cover, published in 2009, remains the biggest selling February issue in the magazine’s history.
Cheryl released her fourth solo album in 2014. From this album she scored no 1 singles with both ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ and ‘I Don’t Care’, making her the first British solo female artist ever to get five No.1 singles.
Cheryl kicked off 2015 by launching a new fundraising campaign to raise £2 million to help youth charity The Prince’s Trust open a new centre in Newcastle and help the region’s most vulnerable young people to transform their lives. The money will be raised through her own charitable foundation, Cheryl’s Trust.
As a judge on four seasons of The X Factor, millions tuned in not just to witness Cheryl guide her contestants to victory – her acts won the contest for two years running – but also to see what she was wearing. Cheryl will be returning for her fifth series as a judge on The X Factor 2015.