Just call me… Cheryl: Miss Cole finally drops Ashley's name (for her music career)
07:45 GMT, 8 April 2012
She's aiming to be as big as star as Rihanna and Beyonce – and now it seems that Cheryl Cole is finally ready to put her failed marriage behind her.
The singer is reportedly dropping the name Cole – and like the music world's biggest stars, will simply be known by her first name – Cheryl.
However, she's not actually removing the name legally. But it is still something of a statement, and further confirms that she has moved on from serial cheat Ashley.
No more Mrs Cole: Cheryl just wants to be known by her first name for her pop career and not her former footballer husband Ashley's surname
A source told The Sun: 'She’s not removing Cole legally, it’s just a career statement.
'She’s in a really good place at the moment and wants to take life by the balls.
'She can’t wait to start performing live again and her new stage name has given her comeback an extra bit of spice.'
Cheryl never ditched her marital surname even after separating from Chelsea and England star Ashley last year.
Party time: Cheryl tweeted a picture of herself at Kimberley Walsh's boyfriend Justin's birthday bash on Friday
she's already started work on claiming her place back in the charts as
she filmed a new video in Los Angeles last week for song Call My Name.
And it seems the former X Factor judge is keen to take on Rihanna and co as she was seen gyrating in a pair of leopard skin
hotpants with a floral print crop top.
the Girls Aloud singer partied with Kimberley Walsh at the
birthday of boyfriend Justin Scott on Friday at Vanilla in central
Earlier in the day Cheryl met up with her former Girls Aloud bandmates to discuss a Girls Aloud comeback tour.
Chart bound: Cheryl looking sexy on the set of a music video shoot in Los Angeles, California