She’s only just announced that she’s divorcing unfaithful Ashley, but last week Cheryl Cole made an equally important decision – to take up Simon Cowell’s offer of a job in the States.
The deal – to be on the panel of US X Factor – comes with a salary of more than £2 million.
Cheryl’s been coy about confirming a relocation, saying in March: ‘I love the thought of it and the talent’s phenomenal.’
But her latest move has been months in the planning and is set to make the 26-year-old a worldwide superstar.
With a ‘quickie’ divorce from her footballer husband imminent and their £22 million fortune divided between them, now is the perfect time for Cheryl to conquer the US.
‘She already has the whole thing planned to perfection. She’s been looking at homes since January,’ a source tells Now.
‘Cheryl has to complete shooting the X Factor here in the UK, but she’ll be making regular trips to the States to finalise her move from now until she’s ready to go there permanently.’
Now has the details of her move and her hot new life…
Fashion labels are fighting for Cheryl’s endorsement. When Dean Khial, the vice president of LA boutique Kitson – the go-to outlet for designer wear and stockist of Victoria Beckham’s denim range – said Cheryl could be working on a range for them it caused hysteria.
‘Cheryl fever’s building in the US,’ he says.
One Hollywood source says Cheryl’s been looking for a Beverly Hills property, initially to rent.
‘She wants to be close to her mentor Simon because she doesn’t know many people there,’ says the insider.
Cheryl’s still dedicated to her solo music career.
Being paid £250,000 for a 30-minute performance at a Cannes Film Festival party last month cemented her status as a solo artist and her success seems to mark the end of Girls Aloud for the foreseeable future.
He was the first man to be linked with Cheryl after she split from Ashley in February. Now Derek Hough is again rumoured to be taking a huge role in Cheryl’s life.
The dancer, who features in her Parachute video, was reported to have spent three nights in a row at Cheryl’s Surrey mansion this month. There was also talk of the pair planning a summer sailing holiday.
Will.i.am has also vowed to help Cheryl.