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Last Updated: Tuesday February 23 2010 17:23 GMT

Cheryl Cole splits from Ashley

Cheryl Cole and Ashley Cole

Cheryl Cole has announced she has split from her husband, Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole.

On Tuesday, the X Factor judge and Girls Aloud star released a statement saying the pair are to officially separate.

The news follows reports in the newspapers that their marriage was in trouble.

The statement said: "Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time."

The singer married the Chelsea and England player in 2006, at a big ceremony in Hertfordshire.

The pair met in 2004 and were engaged a year later.



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