Is this a step too far?

They were granted a decree nisi in just 14 seconds last week. But it seems that things aren’t quite over for Cheryl and her ex-husband Jean Bernard.

A secret 45-minute tape recording of the pair having a heated row just five months into their relationship has emerged. And it seems that Cheryl isn’t happy about the prospect of their marriage woes being aired in public.

One source lifted the lid on the former couple’s tumultuous 19-month relationship.

“By the time Cheryl and JB’s marriage collapsed, their relationship was incredibly volatile. They were constantly fighting, both in private and in public, and both felt pushed to the brink.

“Cheryl had realised within five months of marrying JB that she had made a mistake, and she wanted to end things. But she felt under pressure to wait,” they told The Sun.

The death of Jean Bernard’s father also appears to have stalled the end of the couple’s failing marriage.

“It was around the time that JB’s dad died, and she didn’t want to kick a man when he was down.

“But the longer the marriage dragged on, the more toxic things became between them and the more poisonous the things they both said in anger.”

The source also went on to add that Cheryl had tried to send JB packing last October.

“Not long after they were pictured together at Ant and Dec’s 40th birthday party last October, Cheryl tried to kick JB out of their house — but he refused.

“Neither would back down and the fight turned very nasty.

“JB was furious he was being forced out, and Cheryl isn’t the kind of person to just sit there and go, ‘Oh, OK then’ when she is being screamed at,” they continued.

Jean Bernard’s demands

As the former couple look forward to separate futures, Jean Bernard has asked his ex-wife for one memento from the past. According to the MailOnline, the French restaurateur has demanded that Cheryl return a ring he gave the singer on their anniversary.

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The jewel is an heirloom belonging to his late mother, according to reports. And Jean Bernard is keen to bring it back into the family fold.

A source close to Jean-Bernard told the site: “He gave her the jewellery to celebrate 12 months together. It belonged to his mother. It is now the ten-year anniversary of her death and he desperately wants it back. But Cheryl still hasn’t posted it and has made no effort to return it. He is pretty upset and would like it back.”

While the request may not seem unreasonable to some, for Cheryl it came as a bolt from the blue.

A source told Mirror Online: “Cheryl is baffled as to why this request has been made via a newspaper. JB never asked for the ring back during months of discussions between lawyers.

“If this story is true and the request is made via their lawyers she will send the ring back immediately. She has not worn the ring since last year.”

Despite Cheryl’s confusion she has now given back this ring to Jean Bernard alongside her engagement ring.

Cheryl and Jean Bernard: The End

Jean Bernard’s “unreasonable behaviour” and Cheryl’s subsequent “stress and weight loss” were cited as the former couple brought their short-lived marriage to an end.

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A spokesperson for the 33-year-old said in a statement: “Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini have today obtained Decree Nisi in their divorce proceedings. No further comment will be made and they ask for their privacy to be respected.”

While Cheryl has moved on to a relationship with 1D band member Liam Payne – with rumours the pair are expecting their first child together – Jean Bernard has been snapped out and about with a mystery blonde.

Now that the JB chapter has come to a close, we’re crossing our fingers that Cheryl gets her happy ending.

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