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We look at the best photos from a decade with the nation's sweetheart, the one and only Cheryl Cole...
Girls Aloud were formed in 2002 on reality TV show Popstar: The Rivals. Cheryl made the final cut, alongside Kimberly Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts.
Girls Aloud beat their male counterparts, One True Voice, to the 2002 Christmas number one with their debut single 'Sound of the Underground'. Cheryl was getting her first taste of chart success...
'Sound of the Underground' remained at number one for four consecutive weeks, and it was certified platinum in March the following year. Cheryl and the girls were quickly becoming one of the hottest pop acts in the country.
The hits kept coming. Girls Aloud followed up the 'Sound of the Underground' with a string of hit singles, including 'No Good Advice', 'Life Got Cold', and 'Jump', a cover of the Pointer Sisters' classic song.
Girls Aloud may have had a string of hit singles, but it was certainly a career highlight when they came together with Mattel in 2005 to produce Fashion Fever Barbies. Each member designed the outfit and look of a doll modelled after themselves!
Can you see the resemblance?
Cheryl is famously devoted to her mother Joan - and they adore each other. ‘From the age of four [Cheryl] went to shopping centres all over the place, strutting her stuff on catwalks and stages,' said Joan to the Daily Mail.' She has wanted to be a star since she was a child. She didn’t ever want to do anything else.'
Cheryl Cole has always been a style icon - and her time in Girls Aloud was no different. The girls always nailed it when it came to co-ordinating outfits!
Cheryl married Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole in June 2006. The couple remained married until Cheryl divorced Ashley in September 2010.
Girls Aloud bagged the Best British Single award at the BRIT Awards 2009 for their single 'The Promise' - their first at the prestigious ceremony. 'The Promise' was the band's fourth number one single, continuing the band's incredible six year run of top ten hits.
Cheryl Cole had her first autobiography, 'Through My Eyes', published in 2010. The 29-year-old is reportedly planning another in the near future.
In 2008, Cheryl became a judge on the X Factor. The extra exposure brought to her by the show endeared her to millions, and she grew into her role as 'the nation's sweetheart'. Cheryl's debut single, 'Fight for This Love', gave the star her first solo number one single.
When Cheryl Cole performed 'Fight for this Love' at the BRIT Awards 2010, it was clear for all to see that the Geordie girl had arrived as a solo artist.
You know you've made it when you have your own waxwork at Madame Tussauds!
Cheryl has topped FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World twice - once in 2009 and the second time in 2010.
Cheryl Cole counts Beyonce and Britney Spears as two of her biggest influences - both in music and in style.
Cheryl Cole has made some pretty famous friends along the way...
...From Victoria Beckham to the Prince of Wales!
In April 2012, Cheryl Cole's net worth was estimated to be a whopping £15 million.
Cheryl Cole's third studio album, 'A Million Lights', was released on June 18th. The album's first single, 'Call My Name', is the fastest selling single to hit number one on the iTunes chart so far this year.