Friday 30 September 2016

Cheryl's ex-husband Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini breaks his silence over split: 'I'm still a married man'

Published 18/05/2016 | 10:40

Cheryl and ex-husband Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini in London
Cheryl and ex-husband Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini in London
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini attending Ant and Dec's 40th Birthday party at the Kensington Roof Gardens on October 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini sighted during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
Cheryl and Liam Payne land in Cannes
Cheryl attends the "Slack Bay (Ma Loute)" premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 13, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are seen at Nice Airport during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images,)
Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend the Chopard Trophy Ceremony during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Cheryl Cole and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who married after just three months.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini arrive at Nice Airport for The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2015 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex B. Huckle/GC Images)

He may have moved on with a mystery woman, but Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini still describes himself as a "married man".

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The French restaurateur has spoken for the first time about his marriage split with pop star Cheryl (32), telling The Mirror: "It's been a tough year."

The couple announced their divorce in December after 18 months of marriage and both have moved on with new romances. The former X Factor judge has been dating One Direction's Liam Payne for five months and JB has recently struck up a romance with a mystery woman.

He was recently linked to Cheryl's pal Vanessa Perroncel and former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, but he shot down claims of a romance with both women.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini attending Ant and Dec's 40th Birthday party at the Kensington Roof Gardens on October 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini attending Ant and Dec's 40th Birthday party at the Kensington Roof Gardens on October 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)

"I'm not going out with Vanessa, I've known her for 10 years and she has a byfriend. Me and Pamela are good friends. She is a great girl. We were also with Paris Hilton that night. Just because you are out with someone doesn't mean you are in a relationship."

The 35-year-old, who recently launched pop-up restaurant Cosy Box near Cannes, said he had "no idea" Cheryl was famous when they first met in 2013. 

"I fell in love, what could I do? I didn't know Cheryl was famous when I met her. I was having a party at my house in South Africa and she turned up, but I didn't know who she was.

"I always go for very beautiful women."

British singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini poses on May 13, 2016 as she arrives for the screening of the film
British singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini poses on May 13, 2016 as she arrives for the screening of the film "Ma Loute (Slack Bay)" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend the Chopard Trophy Ceremony during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend the Chopard Trophy Ceremony during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

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