Husband of X Factor judge Cheryl Cole, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, has accepted substantial privacy damages over a “very upsetting” Reveal magazine article about his family life.
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini took legal action against National Magazine Company Ltd, the publisher of Reveal magazine, over the three-page story.
His solicitor told a High Court judge that, despite his wife’s fame, he had no wish to be a public figure.
Reveal magazine said it expressed regret for the distress and hurt it caused.
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini married Cheryl Cole in July (photo Instagram)
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini married Cheryl Cole in July.
The magazine’s article detailed his childhood, his life in France, where he was brought up, and gave information about his father, late mother, their personal finance and relationships.
Solicitor Callum Galbraith said the “deeply intrusive” article caused particular distress because Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini had actively sought to avoid the media’s glare.
The sum paid has not been disclosed. Reveal‘s solicitor Aimee Nisbet said it would not republish the article or any similar information about Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in the future.
Cheryl Cole has revealed she married her French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in secret earlier this month.
Cheryl Cole, 31, said she had made the announcement to stop speculation about her private life.
The pair had reportedly been seeing each other for just three months when they wed on the private island of Mustique, the Sun newspaper said.
Cheryl Cole has revealed she married her French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in secret earlier this month (photo Getty Images)
Cheryl Cole separated from footballer Ashley Cole – her husband of four years – in 2010.
She split from boyfriend Tre Holloway, an American dancer, in 2013.
Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, 33, is said to run a pop-up restaurant business.
Alongside a picture of her wedding ring, in a statement on Cheryl Cole’s website, the star said: “I usually do not discuss my personal life but to stop the speculation I want to share my happy news.
“Jean-Bernard and I married on 7/7/14. We are very happy and excited to move forward with our lives together.”
Cheryl Cole is due to appear as a judge on the next series of The X Factor UK. She was sacked from the US version of the talent show in 2011.