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Cheryl Cole splits from Ashley

Published: 6:03AM Wednesday February 24, 2010 Source: BANG Showbiz

Cheryl Cole has split from husband Ashley Cole.

The Fight for This Love singer, who has been left devastated by allegations the soccer player cheated on her with five women, has decided to end her three-year marriage after returning from Los Angeles.

"Cheryl Cole is separating from her husband Ashley Cole. Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time," said a statement from her public relations company Supersonic PR.

The news comes just hours after she arrived back in the UK minus her wedding ring.

She flew back to London's Heathrow airport and was soon bundled into a waiting car to drive her back to her Surrey mansion.

However, when she arrived at the sprawling property, it was unlikely she was greeted by Ashley as he was seen leaving the marital home earlier in the day.

It had been reported Cheryl, who was in America to record some new songs, had told Ashley by text message to leave the house by the time she got back.

"Cheryl has decided enough is enough and she is going to divorce him. She has told Ashley to get out of the family home because she does not wish to see him.

"She has no desire to hear any more excuses or explanations. Grand gestures will not help either. When she left for America last week she wasn't exactly sure of her future," a source said.

Following the text, Cheryl sought comfort from Dancing with the Stars professional performer Derek Hough.

Derek arrived at the London hotel in West Hollywood to see Cheryl at around 7.30pm, the day she texted Ashley, accompanied by his terrier dog, and left at around 4am, smiling.

Ashley has yet to comment on allegations he slept with five women while married to the Girls Aloud beauty.

Since their marriage in 2006, they had become one of Britain's most famous celebrity couples, with newspapers and paparazzi recording every detail of their lives.

Cheryl rose to fame with the pop group Girls Aloud before launching a solo singing career and moving into television. Her latest hit is entitled Fight for this Love.

Her 29-year-old husband began his career as a defender with Arsenal, moving to their London rivals Chelsea in 2006. He has played more than 70 games for his country.