A source told the News of The World that Ashley is desperate for a reconciliation with the X Factor judge, and believed she was sending him “positive signals” by refusing to criticise him during her televised Piers Morgan interview.
The source said: “The key thing that led to contact being restored was the interview. He feared another load of s*** after all the media criticism. But Cheryl only spoke of love and tenderness. She couldn’t have been nicer.”
When Ashley got back in touch begging for a date Cheryl initially refused as she did not want them to be pictured together. But she eventually gave in and agreed to meet him at the Surrey mansion they shared until their split last February.
The source continued: “Ashley is not stupid. He has been getting some positive signals from Cheryl and has been responding to them.”
However, the singer knows that getting back together with the man who publicly humiliated her with his alleged infidelities could damage her career.
“Cheryl’s career has gone from strength to strength since she left Ashley,” the source added. “Any proper reconciliation would be career suicide.”
Since their split Cheryl has made no secret of the fact she still harbours feelings of affection for Ashley, telling one interviewer: “There is a part of me that will always love him and love what we had.”
Geordie Cheryl has been garnering for a place on the US X Factor judging panel, but her career plans have been thrown in to doubt as American TV Bosses reportedly believe she isn’t famous enough to be given the job.