Cole’s Divorce Granted

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September 3, 2010 | 11:35am EST

British singer Cheryl Cole’s marriage to soccer ace Ashley was officially declared dead on Friday when they were granted a divorce.

The Girls Aloud star separated from England international Cole in February after four years of marriage amid allegations he cheated on her with a string of women.

She filed for divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behavior, and on Friday District Judge Christopher Simmonds granted the couple a decree nisi.

Neither party attended London’s High Court Family Division and the order was passed in just over a minute. They must now wait six weeks before a decree absolute is issued, officially ending their union.

The pair married in 2006 and has no children.