Name: Ashley Cole
DOB: 20 December 1980
Birth Place: Stepney, London, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: Footballer and former husband of Cheryl Cole
- Ashley is a distant cousin of Mariah Carey
- In a bizarre air rifle accident in February 2011, Ashley shot a 21-year-old work experience student at the Chelsea training grounds from 5 feet away, not realising that the gun was loaded
- In 2006 he released an autobiography called My Defence, despite being only 25 years old
- Ashley won the England Player of the Year Award for his international performance in 2010
Footballing ace, all-round ladies’ man and former Mr. Cheryl Cole, Ashley Cole was born in London in 1980. His dad, who is from Barbados, left the family early and Ashley and his brother were raised in a single parent family by their mum Sue in Tower Hamlets, East London.
A London lad through and through, Ashley has played for both of the top two London teams, beginning his career at Arsenal aged 18, winning the FA Cup three times and the Premier League twice there. After an acrimonious split involving dodgy contract dealings, he moved on to Chelsea in 2006.
His skills on the field have frequently been overshadowed by his highly eventful personal life. He hooked up with our favourite WAG Cheryl in September 2004 - the good-looking pair met when they were sharing the same block of flats in London.
Ashley and Cheryl got married in 2006 and were the nation’s golden couple - until Ashley’s many, many cheap romps and graphic sex text affairs came to light and he was exposed as the ultimate footballing love rat. Boo hiss! He’s broken poor Cheryl’s heart so many times we’ve lost count, and they officially divorced in September 2010.
He’s still a major football star at Chelsea, and is now reportedly dating American model Kayla Collins. But rumours persist that Cheryl still wants him back. Oh Cheryl, will you never learn?