Cher Lloyd is breaking her silence about her marriage to hairdresser Craig Monk. In an Epoch Times interview that was published on June 15, 2014, Lloyd opened up about what it's been like to be married to Monk since their secretive wedding ceremony in November 2013. In addition, Lloyd commented in the interview about former "X Factor" U.S. judge Demi Lovato and "X Factor" creator/executive producer Simon Cowell.
Meanwhile, Lloyd performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in England on June 14, 2014.
In the Epoch Times interview, Lloyd commented on her marriage: "The best thing about being married? It’s not much different to just having a boyfriend. It’s not that much different. But I think the best thing about it is that I got a best friend for life.
"He's my best mate; we do everything together. We do really silly things together and we really want to spend our time having fun. And that’s what we want our lives to be — is just to be happy and to have fun. And hopefully, make other people happy too. Sounds cheesy when I say it, but that is our plan."
On Nov. 20, 2013, Cher Lloyd tweeted an Instagram photo of herself and Craig Monk at their wedding, with this a heart symbol and this date included in the tweet: 18/11/2013. (The wedding presumably took place on Nov. 18, 2013.)
However, other details about the wedding have not been disclosed to the public. A spokesperson for Lloyd released this statement to the media on Nov. 20, 2013: "Cher and Craig are married but all other details are private."
Lloyd came in fourth place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010. She met Monk in 2011 when she went to get her hair done at the salon where he worked at the time. Lloyd and Monk secretly got engaged on July 28, 2011 (her 18th birthday), a few months after they began dating. Lloyd did not announce their engagement until she did a February 2012 interview with Fabulous magazine.
Lloyd (who is 20) has also not made any public comments about the wedding, except to respond to well wishers by tweeting this message on Nov. 20, after her wedding announcement: "Thank you for all your lovely messages !! I'm so happy!!! (: xxx"
She told Heat magazine in a 2012 interview what her response is to people who think she's too young to be married: "People are negative no matter what you do. People are always going to say, 'She's too young!' I'm from a gypsy background! I'm meant to be married by now. But I’m happy, really happy. I love him to pieces, more than anything in the world, but I don’t want people to take that away from me."
Lloyd and Monk relocated from London to Los Angeles in 2012.
Lloyd is signed to Epic Records. Her first album, "Sticks & Stones," was an international hit (it debuted at No. 9 in the U.S.) and featured her biggest hit so far: "Want U Back," which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 2 million copies in the U.S.
Lloyd's second album, "Sorry I'm Late," was released in the U.S. and Canada on May 27, 2014. Even though "Sorry I'm Late" debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S., the album's sales are a flop, selling only 16,788 copies in the U.S. in the album's first week. In its second week, "Sorry I'm Late" plummeted to No. 87 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album's first two singles — "I Wish" and "Sirens" — bombed and failed to make it on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lloyd has been making high-profile U.S. TV appearances to promote "Sorry I'm Late," including performing on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards pre-show and being a presenter at the ceremony on May 18, as well performing on "Today" on May 27, 2014. The week of the album's release she also appeared on the nationally syndicated talk show "Live! with Kelly & Michael," VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live" and the website MLB Fan Cave. "Sorry I'm Late" was also streamed for free on MTV.com a week before the album's U.S./Canadian release.
Lloyd has also done extensive touring (especially in the U.S.) from September 2013 to May 2014. In September 2013, Lloyd headlined a U.S. tour, with girl group Fifth Harmony as the opening act. Fifth Harmony (which is also signed to Syco/Epic) came in third place on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012. Lloyd was an opening act of Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights" tour from March 20 to March 30, 2014. Fifth Harmony was also an opening act on the tour.
But all this promotion and publicity are not helping Lloyd's latest music sales, which have been pathetic.
Lloyd is featured on Lovato's single "Really Don't Care." The two singers performed the song on ABC's "Good Morning America" on June 6, 2014. However, "Really Don't Care" has become another flop single for Lovato and Lloyd. Lovato's only hit from her 2013 "Demi" album is "Heart Attack." The rest of the singles from her "Demi" album have bombed.
In her Epoch Times interview, Lloyd had this to say about Lovato: "I went on tour with her. I got a new single with her. I’m featured on her latest single called 'Really Don’t Care,' and we just shot the video. I can’t wait for people to see that.
"She’s fun, really fun. It’s nice to be able to work musically with someone around my age. It’s nice, another girl. I wouldn’t say we just 'hang out,' but we definitely have a laugh together, you know. We had a great time at the video together and busy being on tour with each other, we’re always doing silly little things. We pulled a few pranks on each other, which was fun
"On the last night of the tour, there was just this little rumor going around that she was going to do something to me while I went on stage for my part of my song. So I decided that I’d do something to prepare myself for that. I put on a tiger-lion onesie. It was weird because was about to silly-string me but it was like, who’s pranking who here? I think we both win."
Lloyd was signed to Syco Music (the record company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music), but she parted ways with the company in 2012 and signed with Epic, another Sony Music label. Lloyd told the Epoch Times that Cowell gave her the best advice of her career: "Best advice actually came from Mr. Cowell. He said to me, 'Do what you want to do.' It was a very stern — it was more like I understood what he was telling me. It wasn’t just like, 'Oh, it's OK, you do what you want to do,' it was more like, “No, you do what you want to do.” And I’ve carried that with me."