X Factor judge Cheryl Cole is married to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, but now faces claims that she is avoiding tax – allegations that she vehemently denies.
What is reported is that Cheryl may have registered a business in Ireland in order to substantially reduce her tax, which follows the winding down of her company Tara Entertainments, which is Ireland-registered.
Unreality TV report: It seems she set up the company around three years ago, and pays a 12.5% rate of tax on cash that goes through the business, as opposed to the 21% she would pay were the firm based in England.
However, her spokeswoman told the Daily Star that the lawyers Cheryl uses are based in Ireland – and were introduced to her by former Girls Aloud manager and X Factor judge Louis Walsh – so it was merely convenient to run the company from that location.
She added, “Her accountant recently set up an office in London, so Cheryl’s Irish company has been dissolved.”
However, there seem to be some mixed reactions to the news on Twitter, with one of Cheryl’s followers writing, “Is this a ‘kiss my a**’ to all the tax dodging business?”
The Twitter user was referring to an image Cheryl posted on Instagram showing her from the back walking away from the camera.
But another wrote, “If it’s legal, most would do it given the choice. I would.”