Clash: Cheryl Cole's family are begging her not to forgive cheating ex Ashley
Cheryl Cole's concerned family and friends are urging her to reconsider letting ex-husband Ashley back into her life.
Reports today claim that the singer's mother Joan Callaghan is furious that her cheating former son-in-law may have wormed his way back into Cheryl's heart.
The 27-year-old singer yesterday told confidantes she will not rule out a reconciliation with the Chelsea and England footballer, 30, who had a string of affairs during their marriage.
Furious: Cheryl's mother Joan Callaghan is understood to have challenged her daughter's judgement in letting the footballer back in her life
But Joan is said to have challenged her daughter's judgement, asking, 'How many times do you want your heart broken?' the Daily Mirror reports.
Cheryl's family and friends believe that 'once a cheat, always a cheat - and Ashley will go and break her heart again,' a source told the paper.
Close friends of Mrs Cole last night confirmed she returned to their £5million marital home in Surrey three weeks ago to spend the evening with him.
It is believed Cheryl and Ashley recently spent a night together at their marital home in Godalming, Surrey
A source said the couple did not share a bed, but added: 'Who knows what is going to happen in the future with them?
'Ashley is a predator, he likes a challenge and Cheryl is so tired and emotional that she may just give in.
'He is the only man she has ever truly loved and that's a powerful thing – and Ashley knows how to play her like a violin.
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'Cheryl has only a very small core group of friends and family whom she trusts – her mother, her brother, the girls from Girls Aloud and her PA, who is one of her best friends – and that could make anyone feel lonely and insular at times.'
Joan is also understood to be furious with Derek Hough for seemingly abandoning Cheryl at her most vulnerable.
Hough was a constant presence at Cheryl's side throughout her divorce and battle with malaria last year, but has disappeared from her life.
Protective: Joan is also said to be angry at Derek Hough for 'abandoning' her daughter during her lowest point
Cole, 30, is currently on a 'lads' holiday in Los Angeles, while Mrs Cole – who has kept a low profile for the past month after being sacked from the U.S. version of The X Factor – is at a rented home in North London.
Last night, a source close to the footballer said he had even made plans to cut short his holiday to try to win back his ex-wife.
'Cheryl told him she needs him and that she wants him to come back early and he's agreed,' the source said.
Mrs Cole last saw him two weeks ago before he flew to California.
Her divorce was made final in October shortly after she had battled malaria. In a recent TV interview with Piers Morgan, she said: 'We had a great relationship.
There's part of us that will always love him.'