Until Liam Payne came along, Cheryl Cole wasn t all that lucky in love.
The twice-married pop star is currently expecting a baby with the One Direction singer, whom she met when she was a judge and he was a teenage contestant on The X Factor alongside Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles.
With her first child on the way, interest in her relationship with Payne has reached an all-time high. Given that Cole has been so private about her pregnancy, her friend will.i.am admitted Monday on Loose Women, “I don t know if she has had the baby. She has been keeping it private; I did hear that her pregnancy is taking its toll on the body, and Cheryl has spoken up about how she coped with this unexpected effect.
She did an interview with Hello! magazine, the former Girls Aloud singer added she also had skin pigmentation which was slow to fade.
Regarding her romance with Payne, will.i.am said, “I ve known her for a long time and she s been in and out of bad relationships. This one seems nurturing and growing fruit excuse the pun. So, she wants to protect the fruit by being private and intimate with her significant other.”
“Her mom is amazing as well,” the Voice U.K. mentor added. “She is a very cuddly mom.” The Black Eyed Peas singer also spoke to the co-hosts about his own mother, Debra Adams, and the influence she s had on his life. “Growing up, we were on welfare. I remember the day my mom said, ‘Hey, Willie! Guess what? I m gonna get a job,’” said will.i.am, who is one of eight children (five of whom were adopted). “That puzzled me, because my whole life, my mom didn t have a job, right? I was like, ‘Why? She was like, ‘I m just tired now. You guys are older. I don t have to be a full-time mom now. I m going to get a full-time job…I m going to work at the park with the kids to get them off the streets. She did the after-school program with the kids.”
“When the Black Eyed Peas first started taking off, I told her I was going to move her out of the ghetto. I was like, ‘Mom, I m gonna buy you a house one day. You ll see! She said, ‘Willie, don t you make promises that you can t keep, especially promises you can t keep. I was like, ‘No, mommy. You ll see. How much is rent? She said, ‘Well, Willie, we paid $100 a month,’” the 41-year-old hip-hop artist recalled. “When you re on government assistance, that s what you get.”
Within five years, will.i.am moved his mother “from the drive-bys to the rabbis,” he joked. She continued to work in the after-school program for another 15 years. No matter how successful he became, will.ia.m never forgot his roots. “Six years ago, I started a school in the ghetto that I m from. I started with 12-year-olds. It was 65 [students] at the time. Now that number has grown to 420 kids,” will.i.am said. The school s curriculum is focused on computer science and robotics, rather than music, because “the world is moving at such a rapid pace technologically.”
She might have only just confirmed her departure from The X Factor but bookies have already slashed the odds on Cheryl becoming a coach on The Voice when it switches to ITV next year.
After the rumour mill had gone into overdrive about her X Factor future, the Geordie star released a statement on Tuesday morning, announcing that she was indeed leaving the ITV show to concentrate on her music.
But that has done little to put pay to talk that she is being lined up to join The Voice after the programme ends its run on the BBC this weekend.
Ladbrokes have shortened her odds from 5/1 to 8/11 on the basis that Cheryl’s friend Will.I.Am is currently a coach on the show and the two would have great chemistry on screen.
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohoe told the Daily Star: “Cheryl says she wants to concentrate on the music but plenty of punters expect her to jump ship to The Voice instead.”
While a TV insider told the paper that she and old pal will.i.am would make the perfect judging duo.
“Cheryl and Will would be a dream team for producers. Their natural chemistry as friends would be amazing for the show.”
However, while he’s been on it from the start, Will.I.Am staying on The Voice when it switches channels looks to be far from a done deal.
In an interview earlier this year he said: “The only reason why I come back to do The Voice – it’s not because it’s a big pay day – it’s because it’s the BBC! So I don’t know (what I’ll do).”
Speaking ahead of the return of Britain’s Got Talent, Cowell explains why he wasn’t surprised Cheryl quit the X Factor and reveals her future plans
It may have been a shock for fans but Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s decision to quit The X Factor came as no surprise to one person – her boss Simon Cowell .
In his first interview since she resigned earlier this week, Simon reveals he had a “feeling for a long while” she was ready to step down as a judge.
And he admits a lot was to do with her being in a different place after falling for One Direction star Liam Payne, 22 .
Speaking ahead of the return of Britain’s Got Talent , Simon, 56, told the Mirror: “I had a feeling she would leave. She is at a certain place in her life at the moment.
“I saw her and Liam a couple of weeks ago and they looked really happy.
“And I believed for a long while that her big thing was to make records. It’s a huge commitment to do one of these shows.”
When 32-year-old Cheryl sensationally quit she said she “missed making music” and was “excited to be recording again”.
The statement also thanked Cowell who she insisted she “loved to bits”.
It is a far cry from how she felt the last time they parted company.
In 2011 the music mogul unceremoniously dumped the Geordie star from the American version of the show, leaving her furious.
To make matters worse, Cowell left it to show boss Richard Holloway to deliver the news.
Cheryl was so incensed she fired off a text message to Cowell hitting out at him, the US channel and the bizarre choice of purple and orange clothes she wore for the press launch.
She wrote: “F*** you, F*** Fox, F*** the orange and purple outfit. F*** the big hair. F*** the UK X Factor . F*** you all. I hate you.”
In an interview at the time she said she “went through hell and it literally drove me mad”.
She added: “I became so desensitised you could say terrible things to me and I wouldn’t even think about it.”
Fortunately Cowell, currently working on a new US “music entertainment” show, insists that this time around there is no animosity.
He’s even planning a top-secret project they can work on together but feels she deserves some time out first.
He says: “We are on good terms and will probably end up doing something else together. Maybe a different sort of show.
“I have something in mind I want to talk to her about. But I don’t think a break will do her any harm.”
Despite Cowell’s plans, Cheryl has also been linked to a judging slot on The Voice , which moves to ITV from BBC next year.
But Cowell dismisses the prospect of Cheryl jumping ship.
“I would be surprised if she did it,” he says. “Now we are on ITV I think there is a gentleman’s agreement that they would probably not do that.”
He also refused to blame Cheryl, who joined The X Factor in 2008, for last year’s lacklustre show.
While achieving good ratings, it never hit the heights of previous years.
While the 2015 results show was watched by an average of 8.4 million on Sunday, the night before only 5.9 million tuned in.
What’s more, it was consistently beaten by BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.
New panellist Nick Grimshaw and presenting duo Caroline Flack and Olly Murs all got a mixed response from viewers and have since left the show.
Simon admits: “I thought the show as a whole was low energy. You get years like that.
“I don’t think it’s a Cheryl thing. I don’t think I was on top form. There was something missing. I couldn’t work it out.
“But I think I have worked it out now when we announce what we are going to do next. I mean it wasn’t a disaster… we had a great winner.”
But Cowell takes his own fair share of the responsibility.
He admits it was hard to film while grieving for his mother Julie Brett, who died aged 89 last July.
Simon says: “I found it difficult when something is really affecting your life and you are on a talent show and you are trying to be up and happy.
“I didn’t feel myself and it really took me a year to come out of it.
“We have all been there. And I am not saying I am the only person it’s ever happened to but it hit me hard.
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini might be clinging on to his marriage to Cheryl ‘don’t call me Cole’ after being spotted jetting into LA with his wedding band on.
The 35-year-old French man and the 32-year-old Can’t Speak French singer have been making headlines for weeks after their marriage broke down at the start of the year after eighteen months of wedded bliss.
But JB is still wearing his bling-tastic wedding band – catching the flashes of photographers at LAX on Saturday.
The couple are said to be having a summit in the Californian sunshine to bash out divorce plans.
‘JB is having a meeting with Cheryl in LA to discuss how the divorce will be sorted out,’ a source told The Sun – and it sounds like he hasn’t given up hope just yet.
‘He is still very fond of her and really wanted to give the marriage a chance,’ the source continued.
JB might have a fight on his hands, however, as reports emerged over the weekend that Chezza has shacked up with current squeeze – former One Direction star Liam Payne, 22.
The pair are living under one roof in the exclusive Calabasis neighbourhood, and have been almost embarrassingly gushy about their affections for each other all over social media.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Cheryl’s publicist for comment.
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