Saturday 10 December 2016

Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini 'demands ex-wife Cheryl return his late mother's engagement ring'

Published 21/10/2016 | 10:02

Cheryl, left, and Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini, right
Cheryl, left, and Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini, right
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini attending the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square, London.
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)
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,)
Cheryl with Jean-Bernard in 2015.
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 attends the Gold Obsession Party - L'Oreal Paris : Photocall as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini and wife Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are seen at Nice airport during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images,)
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)
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini attending the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square, London.

Cheryl is reportedly "baffled" as to why ex-husband Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini requested the return of his late mother's engagement ring through a newspaper.

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The singer and French restaurateur's divorce was finalised yesterday in just 14 seconds in a London court but it looks like the drama isn't over yet.

JB has demanded the return of his late mother's ring, a family heirloom, which he gifted to his ex on their 12-month marriage anniversary.

"He gave her the jewellery to celebrate 12 months together," an insider told the Mail Online.

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)

"It belonged to his mother. It is now the 10 year anniversary of her death and he desperately wants it back, but Cheryl still hasn’t posted it and has made no effort to return it. "

"He is pretty upset and would like it back."

A source close to Cheryl told the same publication that he made no request for the ring to be returned during the negotiations following their split last October after 18 months of marriage.

"Cheryl is baffled as to why this request has been made via a newspaper," the insider said.

Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini attending the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square, London.
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini attending the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square, London.

"JB never asked for the ring back during months of discussions between lawyers. If this story is true and the request is made via their lawyers she will send the ring back immediately.

"She has not worn the ring since last year."

In documents lodged as part of their divorce, Cheryl said her ex-husband's "unreasonable behaviour" was behind her extreme weight loss last year.

Judge MacGregor held that Jean Bernard had "behaved in such a way" that Cheryl "cannot reasonably be expected to live with (him)".

(L-R) Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne attend the Global Gift Gala Photocall at the Hotel Georges V on May 09, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
(L-R) Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne attend the Global Gift Gala Photocall at the Hotel Georges V on May 09, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

It marks her second divorce - she was was previously married to England footballer Ashley Cole for four years and they split in 2010 after a string of his infidelities, including a sexting scandal, became public.

As part of Cheryl and JB's agreement, he won't receive any money from her €22m fortune and has signed a non-disclosure agreement, meaning he can never publicly discuss his marriage to the Promise This singer.

Meanwhile, JB has been making the most of his moment in the spotlight as he hit the red carpet on Thursday night for the world premiere of Jack Reacher in London alongside a mystery date.

He walked the red carpet with the film's stars Tom Cruise and Cobie Smoulders and was later spotted leaving the event with a female friend.

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