Cheryl Cole is reportedly struggling to speak French - despite dating a Frenchman.

The X Factor judge - who had a hit with Girls Aloud singing Can't Speak French - has recently found love with hunky French playboy Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

But Jean-Bernard admitted to The Sun that Cheryl is yet to master his native tongue.

He said: "My English is better than her French but I teach her the words.

"Mainly the bad words! She teaches me the Geordie."

The rich student attended the final of Britain's Got Talent to watch Cheryl perform her new single Crazy Stupid Love on the show.

He said: "She is amazing. It was good to see her performing. I was proud. Impressed? Yes- very, very impressed."

But viewers were not so impressed and took to Twitter to slam Cheryl for her pre-recorded performance - claiming she had mimed.

Jean-Bernard leapt to her defence, writing on the social networking site: "You're not rated until you're hated. #gottolovethehaters @ladycole I love how much you bother them abby #theyjustnotready.

"Haters will see you walk on water and say it's because you can't swim."