Cheryl's ex-husband Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini breaks his silence over split: 'I'm still a married man'
He may have moved on with a mystery woman, but Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini still describes himself as a "married man".
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.
"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."