STUNNING Cheryl Tweedy has told how she was shocked by the England WAGS’ vanity as she met them for the first time.
The Girls Aloud singer scoffed: “It’s like a comedy — everyone’s so flash. “It’s like, ‘Who’s got the best watch on, who’s got the best bag, which wife is dressed the best, which wife’s got the best hair? I’m like, ‘I’ve got my own career’.”
Cheryl, who weds World Cup player and Arsenal star Ashley Cole a week on Saturday, criticised footballers’ wives and girlfriends for “living off their man’s money”. Her verbal volley came days after she returned from three weeks with the WAGS in Germany during England’s flop World Cup campaign.
The 23-year-old pop star was snapped in Baden-Baden socialising with Wayne Rooney’s lover Coleen McLoughlin, Michael Carrick’s missus Lisa Roughead, Joe Cole’s partner Carly Zucker, Theo Walcott’s girl Melanie Slade and Elen Rives — sweetheart of Frank Lampard. Jermaine Jenas’s partner Sabrina Keogh and Wayne Bridge’s girl Vanessa Perroncel also joined the fun.
But Cheryl tore into top footballers’ better halves for burning holes in the aces’ credit cards.
She said: “It really annoys me when people try to call me a footballer’s wife. Footballers’ wives have no careers and live off their husbands’ money. I was in Girls Aloud before I met Ashley and have my own successful career. I’m not going to quit the band and sit around in the sun all day or go shopping with Ashley’s plastic. If I’m going shopping I’ll pay with the money I’ve worked hard for. I’d die of embarrassment if I had to resort to taking boyfriends’ cards. You see girls in clubs making a beeline for the footballers and it makes me sick.”
Cheryl Tweedy with Victoria Beckham
Her comments are likely to infuriate the WAGS, hailed in Germany as the world’s prettiest footballers’ wives. But Cheryl DID admit she uses Ashley’s credit card — while keeping hers as back-up. She told a magazine: “I’ve got my own money, so if my husband’s card is declined I whip out mine.” Victoria Beckham dodged a tongue-lashing from Cheryl — because she was a singer too. Cheryl said: “I love Victoria. She’s very ambitious, so we have a lot in common.”
The Geordie star’s no-career criticism does not apply to many WAGs.
Coleen, 20, has just signed as the new face of Asda’s George range and runs her own PR company. Carly, 24, is a personal fitness instructor and 29-year-old Elen is a supermodel and mum. Meanwhile Lisa, 25, teaches pilates and 20-year-old Michaela Henderson-Thynne — Stewart Downing’s girl — is studying law. Coleen and sent-off striker Wayne, 20, visited London for a shopping trip yesterday. They then caught a train back to Cheshire where Wayne helped carry the bags.