Ashley Cole set for £22m divorce after Cheryl throws out cheating husband

24 February 2010 11:28

Cheryl Cole split from her cheating husband Ashley yesterday after a tumultuous three-and-a-half-year marriage - and now faces a £22million divorce battle.

After enduring more than a week of humiliating revelations about the Chelsea defender's serial betrayals, the X Factor judge finally declared their union was over.

The 26-year-old confirmed the split hours after arriving home from a week in Los Angeles, where she had been counselled by close friends including Simon Cowell and dancer Derek Hough.

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It's over: Cheryl Cole, pictured here arriving at London's Heathrow airport yesterday, has announced she is separating from her husband Ashley

She's back: The star left LA in grey denim, but arrived in London all in black

The singer - who has 'Mrs Cole' tattooed on the back of her neck -and the 29-year-old England defender now face an acrimonious struggleas they divide up their estimated £22million fortune.

The Daily Mail has learned that Cole has already told hisglamorous wife she will have to battle to get any of his money - andblames all their marriage woes on her mother Joan, 49, moving intotheir nine-bedroom £6million Surrey mansion.

A brief statement issued by the singer yesterday said: 'Cheryl Cole is separating from her husband Ashley Cole.

'Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time. We have no further comment to make.'

Official statement posted by Cheryl's people, Supersonic PR, on Twitter: YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST Daily Mail was the first to break the news of their split last week

Last night it was reported that Ashley Cole bombarded his wife with desperate phone calls begging her to save their marriage and even offered to go to rehab to tackle his sex problems.

He was said to have left a string of emotional voicemails begging the X Factor star to reconsider their separation, but she refused to answer the calls, according to The Sun.

Cole's last ditch attempt to save his marriage mirrors that of Tiger Woods, another sports hero who has fallen from grace, who went to rehab.

Cheryl is now expected to take up Simon Cowell's offer for her to appear onthe new U.S. version of The X Factor - a far cry from her plans to tryfor a baby next year - and has already looked at a £2.1millionSpanish-style villa in the Hollywood Hills.

Mrs Cole had told her husband she wanted a divorce beforeflying to Los Angeles for work and wanted him out of the house by thetime she got home.

The couple did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement before theirwedding in 2006, with Mrs Cole famously saying: 'I think that'sdefeating the point.

'We're getting married because we're committingourselves to each other to spend the rest of our lives together. No ifsand buts.

'We're a work in progress, we're going to build our married life together not thinking about if it ever ends.'

Like ships passing in the night: The singer made it back home mere hours after Ashley's departure

Quick exit: Ashley left the marital home early yesterday morning. Hiscrutches were clearly visible and he's thought to have been hiding in the back seat

A source close to Mrs Cole said last night: 'This was a terribledecision for Cheryl to make, it's the worst thing she's ever had to do,but enough was enough.

'She is resting at home with her mum Joan and all her friends around her. Her Girls Aloud bandmates are supporting her.

'Yesterday was just exhausting and she just spent the evening relaxing with a plate of beans on toast.'

Cat who's got the cream: Derek Hough was beaming as he emerged from Cheryl's West Hollywood hotel at 4am with his Yorkshire terrier

Late night visit: The dancer has been comforting the pop star during her stay in America. Later, the pop star headed to LAX airport

Lap of luxury: Cheryl was staying at exclusive West Hollywoodhotel, The London

Mrs Cole's friends were quick to speak out in support, with herfellow X Factor judge Louis Walsh saying: 'I think the world of Cheryl,she's a great girl.

'She deserves somebody amazing. She will be absolutely fine - she's a fantastic, strong star.'

A source close to Cole, who is paid £82,000 a week by Chelsea,said he blames their marriage woes on the fact that her mother Joanlives with them.

Feeling down: Cole is currently sidelined with an ankle injury

The friend said: 'Cheryl told Ashley she wanted out of the marriage last week, he's in a terrible state.

'He loves Cheryl with all his heart and never wanted it to cometo this. But now that Cheryl has pulled the plug, his love has turnedto anger and he told her, "You'll have to fight for any of my money".

'He blames everything on Joan living with them, but Cherylinsisted on it after he cheated on her. But he keeps saying, "How couldour marriage stand a chance?"'

Dumped: Cole's three-and-a-half-year marriage is now over

In an interview last October, Mrs Cole said she had been leftheartbroken by Cole's infidelity with hairdresser Aimee Walton in 2007,which was made public in 2008, saying: 'I've come to the conclusionthat I don't trust anybody in life except my mother and my dogs.'

But she went on to insist she had a 'happy' marriage, describing Cole as 'a genuine nice person'.

Cole's cheating was exposed this month after it was revealedthat explicit pictures of him were sent from his phone to Page Threegirl Sonia Wild.

Last week Mrs Cole was devastated when allegations emergedclaiming that he had slept with Vicki Gough, a 30-year-old secretary atLiverpool FC.

One of Cole's alleged one night stands - the fourth to comeforward - then claimed he had sobbed down the phone to her that hewould die if he lost his wife over their fling.

He is said to have pleaded with U.S. political aide AnnCorbitt to keep quiet about twice having sex with her in a Seattlehotel last July when Chelsea was on a pre-season tour.

A fifth alleged flame, Alexandra Taylor, also came forward tosay she had sex with Cole on the night he 'went public' with Cheryl in late2004.

The 'other women': Ashley has been linked to Alexandra Taylor (left) and Ann Corbitt, who claims she slept with Cole while he was on tour in the U.S

.and he also allegedly had liaisons with hairdresser Aimee Walton, glamour model Sonia Wild and Liverpool club secretary Vicki Gough

The highs and lows of Ashley and CherylOctober 2004: Cheryl Tweedystarts dating Ashley Cole. At the time the footballer was living in thesame apartments complex as Girls Aloud in North London. He asked for Cheryl's numberfrom one of his teammates who new Kimberley Walsh.

June 2005: After dating for eight months, Cole proposed in Dubai.

July 2006: The couple weremarried at a ceremony in Barnet, North London. They signed an exclusivedeal with OK! magazine, reportedly worth £1 million.

Tacky: The pair fronting a much-maligned ad campaign for the National Lottery's new Dream Number in July 2006

December 8, 2007: Ashley meets hairdresser Aimee Walton, 22, who claims the pair slept together.

January 24, 2008: Walton's kiss and tell appears in a tabloid newspaper

February 2008: Cheryl spends Valentine's Day in Thailand with bandmates Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh as she thinks her marriage over.

June 2008: Cheryl signs up as an X Factor judge, replacing Sharon Osbourne.

Early days: An early outing for the couple in 2005 (left) and Cheryl the WAG in Germany in 2006

September 2008: The singer flashes her new £160,000 square cut diamond wedding ring during an interview with Jonathan Ross which Ashley bought her in the wake of the affair allegations. Cheryl quipped she was tempted to 'put it back on his head'.

March 2009: Ashley Cole arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly after allegedly swearing at police officers outside a west London bar. Cheryl was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for Comic Relief at the time.

Strain: The pair after the first allegation of Cole's infidelity in 2008

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