She worked as a model, where she appeared in competitions such as "Best Looking Girl of Newcastle," and appeared in a Centrica gas advertisement.
Her second album, Messy Little Raindrops, included the 2010 #1 hit single "Promise This."
She married Ashley Cole on July 15, 2006 and divorced him on September 3, 2010. She then married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in 2014 and in early 2016, she filed for divorce. She began a relationship with Liam Payne in late 2016 and gave birth to their son Bear in March 2017. She and Payne split in July 2018.
On The X Factor, she served as a mentor to Joe McElderry.