10/11/2014 13:45 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Wishes Fans Would Get Her Name Right

It's Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, OK? The X Factor judge is Marie Claire's December cover star - and in the accompanying interview she lets us all know that she's fed up of everybody getting her new name wrong.

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Cheryl married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in a secret ceremony back in July, and has since taken his name and dropped the 'Cole'.

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Speaking to Marie Claire, she said: "It's come quite naturally, you know. People are so ignorant about it, they just start calling us Cheryl, but I'll take that, whatever."

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She laughs that Simon Cowell even asked her if she married a man with a complicated name just so
she would become known as a one-name pop star.

She mused: "So I could be like Madonna? See how his brain works. I mean, who even thinks like that?"

In her interview, she also brings up her fashion on the judging panel, referring to the time a couple of weeks ago when Simon compared her to Kermit the Frog.

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Cheryl said: "In the early days I'd get phone calls if I wore a T-shirt (in an X Factor clip), where he'd be like, 'what the bloody hell were you wearing?'

"He wears the same moth eaten t-shirt he's worn for six years and he's calling up about what I'm wearing?!

"The moment Simon Cowell appreciates what I wear then that's when I'll worry."

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On the subject of babies, she was open to the idea, but definitely isn't planning on starting a family anytime soon.

She told the mag: "I love babies, but not quite yet. I mean, never say never, you can never say never, in life. Full stop. About anything."

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*** MANDATORY BYLINE TO READ: Syco / Thames / Corbis ***<BR/> Cheryl Fernandez-Versini performs her new song 'I Don't Care' at 'The X Factor' live show in London. <P> Pictured: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Cheryl Cole <P><B>Ref: SPL880685 021114 </B><BR/> Picture by: Tom Dymond/Syco/Thames/Corbis <BR/> </P>

Last week, Cheryl took to the X Factor stage to perform her new single, 'I Don't Care', and received a backlash from fans suggesting she'd mimed - something she denies.

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Talking about reurning to The X Factor with Marie Claire, she said friends told her they thought she was 'crazy' to leave, but she says she needed the break, telling them: "It's me or me mental health."

The star explained: "Honest. My gut instinct was like, 'It's enough'. For the first time since I wanted to be a pop star, I didn't have any fire in my belly. Without realising it, I had gone to a dark place, I needed to have a reality check and get some real feelings back."

And we're very glad she's back now.

To read the feature in full, see the December issue of Marie Claire, out today. Also available as digital edition through Apple Newsstand.

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