Cheryl Cole is separating from her husband Ashley Cole amid claims that have threatened the defender's Chelsea future.
The pop star's spokesman has confirmed the pair will split following allegations that the England left back had again been unfaithful.
The injured Cole faces a showdown with the Chelsea board later this week over allegations that he lied to a senior club official over his behaviour on a pre-season tour.
The 29-year-old is likely to be hit with a heavy fine and a suspension, but the club's owner RomanAbramovich is so angry that club officials have not ruled out the possibilityof Cole being transfer-listed.
His wife has flown back to Britain after fleeing to the US when reports about her husband surfaced.
Her spokesman, Sundraj Sreenivasan, said: 'Cheryl Cole is separatingfrom her husband Ashley Cole. Cheryl asks the media to respect herprivacy during this difficult time. We have no further comment to make.'
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The statement ends one of the most high-profile showbusiness marriages - the couple wed in 2006.
Until now, the Fight For This Love singer, 26, has maintained a dignified silence over reports that her husband had been with other women.
On Monday she was pictured in LA being comforted by US dancer Derek Hough, 24, whom she met when she recorded her album 3 Words.
Before going to the US, she performed at the Brits, taking to the stage despite her heartbreak.
The 'otherwomen': Ashley has been linked to Alexandra Taylor (left) and AnnCorbitt, who claims she slept with Cole while he was on tour in theU.S
.and he alsoallegedly had liaisons with hairdresser Aimee Walton, glamour modelSonia Wild and Liverpool club secretary Vicki Gough
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