September 3, 2010 / 9:50 AM / 9 years ago

Cheryl and Ashley Cole in "quickie" divorce

Singer Cheryl Cole arrives on the red carpet for the screening of "Hors La Loi" (Outside the Law) in competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The marriage of British “X Factor” judge and pop singer Cheryl Cole and her England soccer player husband Ashley ended in divorce after four years on Friday.

The couple, who married in a 2006, separated in February following newspaper allegations about the Chelsea player, and Cheryl Cole filed for divorce in May.

Newspaper reports said she had cited “unreasonable behavior of her husband” after a string of claims about his infidelity. Cheryl Cole, 27, rose to fame as a member of the band “Girls Aloud” which was formed from a reality TV show. She has since embarked on a solo career and is now one of Britain’s best-known celebrities because of her role on the X Factor talent show.

Defender Ashley, 29, began his career with Arsenal before moving to London rivals Chelsea in 2006. He has played more than 80 times for the national side and is expected to line up against Bulgaria in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday.

Cheryl was granted a “quickie divorce” at London’s High Court Family Division, the Press Association reported.

A case — titled CAC vs AC, which would indicate Cheryl Ann Cole against Ashley Cole — was heard before District Judge Christopher Simmonds “for pronouncement of decree or order under the special procedure rule.”

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison

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