Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini (née
Tweedy ; born 30 June 1983) is an English singer, dancer, and television personality. Born and raised in Tyne and Wear, she rose to fame in late 2002 upon winning a place in girl group Girls Aloud after participating in ITV 's Popstars: The Rivals . While still in the group, she began a solo career in April 2009, releasing her first solo studio album, 3 Words , in October. The album was a commercial success, giving rise to three successful singles, including "Fight for This Love", which entered at number one on the UK charts and became the best selling single of the year.