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Last Updated: Wednesday February 24 2010 08:40 GMT

Band backs Cheryl after split

Cheryl Cole
Cheryl returns to Britain on Tuesday

Cheryl Cole's bandmates from Girls Aloud say they're giving her lots of support after her split with husband Ashley.

Meanwhile, Chelsea football club have said they'll be supporting Ashley as he deals with what's happened.

The split was announced on Tuesday after lots of newspaper reports saying their marriage was in trouble.

The pair met at the MTV awards in 2004 and got married in a big ceremony two years later.

Cheryl performed at the Brit Awards last week before flying to America. She returned to Britain on Tuesday.

Ashley had ankle surgery earlier this month but he's hoping be fit to play in the World Cup which starts in South Africa in June.