X Factor judge Cheryl Cole is being tipped for a dazzling career after announcing that she is splitting from Ashley, her footballer husband who has reportedly cheated on her with a string of women.
The 26-year-old has already earned £1.2 million from the last series of The X Factor, a deal as the face of L’Oreal hair products is reported to be worth £500,000, and she has banked several million from her career with Girls Aloud.
Now, according to friends, she is seriously considering taking up Simon Cowell’s offer to become a judge on the planned US version of the reality singing show and is said to have already looked at a £1.2m villa in the Hollywood Hills.
The music mogul is reported to have contacted the brokenhearted Geordie to offer his support and put his home in Los Angeles at her disposal.
Having previously harboured hopes of starting a family, her recently-announced separation from her husband leaves her free of ties – with the exception of her mother Joan, 49, and her two beloved Chihuahuas, Buster and Coco.
Lawyers have also predicted a “quickie” divorce, leaving Ashley to focus on the South African World Cup and Cheryl to focus on a possible move abroad.
“She is focused now on the future. Cheryl is nobody’s fool – she’s determined to knuckle down and focus on her career,” a friend told The Daily Mirror.
Another added: “This will give her the impetus she needed. She has always put Ashley’s career first which is why she was torn about America.
“Now she can start afresh, commit to her recording career over there and, of course, really give US X Factor a go. In a strange way, this terrible episode could be the making of her.”
The singer has been advised by Leona Lewis – who has already sold millions of records in the US and been nominated for three Grammy Awards – that she should go for it.
The former X Factor winner said she told Cheryl: “Just to try to make the best music you can. You’ve got to make great music and work hard. You can’t fake it over there. You have to be genuinely good and go for it.”