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.