Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” (featuring Tinie Tempah) has debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. and Ireland for the week ending Aug. 2, 2014, according to the Official Charts Company. “Crazy Stupid Love” (which was released on July 20, 2014) is Cole’s fourth No. 1 U.K. single as a lead solo artist. Her previous No. 1 U.K. singles were 2009’s “Fight for This Love,” 2010’s “Promise This” and 2012’s “Call My Name.” She has had five No. 1 U.K. singles as a solo artist if you count her being part of the charity ensemble Help for Haiti, which had a No. 1 U.K. hit with a cover version of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.”
On June 9, 2014, the music video for “Crazy Stupid Love” single (featuring rapper Tinie Tempah) premiered and got mixed reactions from the public. “Crazy Stupid Love” is the first single from Cole’s fourth solo album, “Only Human,” will be released on a date to be announced.
The release of “Crazy Stupid Love” was preceded by a lot of publicity over Cole’s quickie marriage to restauratuer Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini on July 7, 2014. There have been reports that Cole will change or has already changed her last name to Fernandez-Versini. “Crazy Stupid Love” was released under the name Cheryl Cole.
In 2014, Cole (who is a former member of Girls Aloud) is a judge on “The X Factor” U.K., along with Simon Cowell, Mel B and Louis Walsh. Girls Aloud (which amicably disbanded in 2013) had four No. 1 singles in the U.K.: 2002’s “Sound of the Underground,” 2004’s “I’ll Stand by You,” 2007’s “Walk This Way” (with Sugababes) and 2008’s “The Promise.”
As previously reported, Cowell revealed that Nicole Scherzinger’s February 2014 exit from “The X Factor” U.K. was not voluntary on her part. In an interview with The Sun, Cowell essentially said that Scherzinger was forced out of or fired from the show because he did not want her and Cole on the same judging panel.
“I didn’t think the two of them would work well together,” Cowell said. Scherzinger has not yet made an official comment about her “X Factor” exit. Mel B replaced Scherzinger in June 2014. Louis Walsh has been an “X Factor” judge since the show’s 2004 debut.
On March 10, 2014, Cole and Cowell confirmed reports that Cole has returned to “The X Factor” U.K. judging panel in 2014. On her Instagram account, she posted a photo of herself with her hands around Simon Cowell’s neck, with this accompanying message: “GUESS WHAT!!.. I’m baaaacccckkkkk!!!! #iMayActuallyRingHisNeck #XFactor2014 #leggooo.”
Cowell tweeted on March 10, 2014: “It’s official! Cheryl is back. Be careful what you wish for.”
Cole has replaced Sharon Osbourne, who returned to the show in 2013, which she said was her last year on the show. Osbourne was originally a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. from 2004 to 2007. In 2008, Osbourne was replaced by Cole. Louis Walsh has been an “X Factor” judge since the show’s 2004 debut.
Cowell (who was originally a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. from 2004 to 2010) and Cole (who was a judge on the show from 2008 to 2010) left “The X Factor” U.K. judging panel to become judges on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011. Cole was notoriously fired from “The X Factor” U.S. after just a few weeks on the job. She then said in several interviews, on Twitter, and in her 2012 memoir “Cheryl: My Story” that she never wanted to work with Cowell again because of the way he treated her during the firing. But now it’s clear that Cole has some self-esteem problems since she has gone back to work for Cowell, whom she has described many times as a disrespectful and manipulative boss.
Scherzinger replaced Cole on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011, but she was fired too after just one season with the show. In her memoir, Cole described Scherzinger as being weird and someone she did not completely trust. Scherzinger became a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2012 and lasted until 2013. And now Scherzinger has apparently been fired from “The X Factor” again. She is just one of many examples of how Cowell like to play “musical chairs” with the female judges on his shows.
In 2013, Cole settled a $2.3 million lawsuit that she filed in 2012 against “The X Factor” U.S. for non-payment of salary. Cole’s “X Factor” U.S. contract stated that she was to be paid for two seasons, even if she got fired. Cole claimed in the lawsuit that she was only paid for one season. Terms of the the settlement were not disclosed to the public.
According to the Daily Mirror, Cole signed a one-season deal to return to “The X Factor” U.K. for £1.5 million (which is $2.5 million in U.S. dollars.) An unnamed source told the Daily Mirror: “It’s really exciting. Simon is delighted that she is back. With him and her on the panel it’s a dream ticket. Simon was always very sad about the way things turned out over there and especially the way his relationship disintegrated. Slowly but surely they got things on an even keel and now they are stronger than ever. It was destiny they would be working together again.”
On Feb. 7, 2014, the same day it was announced that “The X Factor” U.S. was cancelled, Cowell announced that he is returning to “The X Factor” U.K. judging panel in 2014. He replaced Gary Barlow, who was a judge on the show from 2011 to 2013. Barlow quit “The X Factor” U.K. because he said he wanted to focus on his music career, which includes a new album and tour from his singing group Take That.