After many days of speculation, singer Cheryl Cole has finally announced she is splitting from her footballer husband Ashley.
Returning to Britain from the US on Tuesday, the 26-year-old issued the news via a simple statement from her spokesperson.
"Cheryl Cole is separating from her husband Ashley Cole. Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time. We have no further comment to make," said the star's representative Sundraj Sreenivasan.
The announcement follows recent press allegations that the 29-year-old Chelsea star had again been unfaithful.
Cheryl and Ashley wed in 2006 in a lavish London ceremony and enjoyed one of the highest-profile marriages in showbiz.
The news sets the stage for a costly celebrity divorce over the couple's £17 million fortune.