Cheryl Cole files for divorce

Singer Cheryl Cole arrives on the red carpet for the screening of "Hors La Loi" (Outside the Law) in competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 21, 2010. REUTERS/Yves Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Cheryl Cole has filed for divorce from her football star husband Ashley, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old, who rose to fame through the “Girls Aloud” band and as a judge on “The X Factor” talent show, is expected to apply for a “quickie” divorce, the Sun tabloid reported.

A spokeswoman for her PR company confirmed that divorce papers had been filed at the High Court on Tuesday, but declined to go into the reasons behind the split.

Media reports said she had cited the “unreasonable behaviour” of her husband, after a string of tabloid allegations of his infidelity.

Since their marriage in 2006, the couple have lived in the full glare of the media spotlight, with paparazzi following their every move.

Ashley Cole, 29, began his career as a defender with Arsenal before moving to London rivals Chelsea in 2006. He has played more than 70 games for his country and is in the provisional squad to compete in the World Cup in South Africa this summer.

Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison