In 2008, Cole joined the judging panel for the X Factor, making her very famous indeed.
A solo album, '3 Words', was released and featured the excellent 'Fight For This Love' and the not so excellent will.i.am-assisted title track.
'Messy Little Raindrops' was released in 2010 and features Cheryl singing in French, despite her earlier claims that she couldn't.
She caught malaria and almost died but she didn't die in the end and everything was fine.
2011 saw the announcement that Cole would be one of the four judges on the US version of The X Factor (amazing), but that was short-lived and she was kind of sacked and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger (less amazing).
After that mess, Cheryl wasn't taking any chances with her comeback single and got Calvin Harris in to produce 'Call My Name'.
Speaking of 'call my name', she'd prefer if you called her just Cheryl now thanks very much.
Cheryl's third album 'A Million Lights' features songs by Alex Da Kid, Lana Del Rey and long-time collaborator will.i.am, obvs.