Former X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd gets married

Cher Lloyd and Craig Monk
Cher Lloyd got married to Craig Monk in a secret ceremony on Monday

Former X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd has got married to fiance Craig Monk.

The pair got engaged last January after nine months together.

Speaking on Twitter the 20-year-old said: "Thank you for all your lovely messages !! I'm so happy!!! (: xxx."

Lloyd finished fourth on The X Factor in 2010 and is due to release her second album, Sorry I'm Late, next year. Her debut Sticks + Stones made it to number four in the Official Album Chart and number nine in the US.

Former mentor Cheryl Cole wrote on Twitter: "Wow!! Heard your good news. Congratulations @CherLloyd I hope you have many more happy years and memories to come. Cheryl x."

Lloyd, who is from Malvern in Worcestershire, signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco after coming fourth on The X Factor in 2010, although she has now left the label.

She went on to top the Official Singles Chart with debut track Swagger Jagger.

Shortly after her debut album was released she signed a record deal in America with former X Factor USA judge LA Reid.

The singer has toured with Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato with rapper TI featuring on her latest single, I Wish.

In the past Cher Lloyd has spoken out against online bullying after receiving abusive messages on Twitter.

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