SIMON Cowell was there with a shoulder to cry on when his pal Cheryl Fernandez-Versiniâ€™s split from husband Jean-Bernard reduced her to tears during X Factor filming last year.
Siâ€™s brother Tony has revealed that talent show judge Chez, 32, â€œjust wasnâ€™t herselfâ€ throughout the series. She had looked â€œthin and frail, and appeared preoccupied and distant at timesâ€.
Writing in Best mag, Tony reveals: â€œDespite her veneer, the frequent tears showed something was hurting. Chatting to her backstage often proved difficult.â€
Cheryl and Simon, 56, have been pals for more than a decade and Tony says his brother has been there for her. He says: â€œHe told me recently that Cheryl had become â€˜one of his closest friendsâ€™. Simon will be there to offer advice and help her through the coming months if needed, and I know he was in contact with her while on holiday.â€
Tony questions whether entrepreneur JB could cope with his wifeâ€™s long hours, saying: â€œThe X Factor workload is horrendous. Cheryl and all the judges work crazy hours for the whole three months of live shows.
â€œItâ€™s a huge challenge, and Iâ€™m not sure JB realised the scale of that commitment. Cheryl takes her job extremely seriously. She never stops working, and often calls Simon late at night. This, too, may have become an issue.â€
Cherylâ€™s celeb status may also have been a factor in the split. Tony says: â€œJB may have found it difficult being suddenly thrust into the celebrity spotlight. Iâ€™m not sure he realised just how popular Cheryl is in the UK.â€
It was revealed yesterday that Cheryl got tearful at BFFâ€™s Kimberley Walshâ€™s hen do. Letâ€™s hope she pops a hankee in her handbag when sheâ€™s a bridesmaid at Kimboâ€™s wedding. – Daily Mirror