Cheryl Cole and Derek 'just pals' says friend

Cheryl Cole and Derek 'just pals' says friend

Are they, or aren't they? Just last week Cheryl Cole's reported relationship with dancer Derek Hough was confirmed by X Factor's Brian Friedman.

But now her boxer friend Amir Khan has disclosed that their affair is nothing more than a "cover-up" and that the pair are just pals.

Speaking to a UK magazine, the 23-year-old said: "I had dinner with Cheryl and Derek in LA last week. He is not her boyfriend. They're not going out. It's all just a cover-up to keep photographers at bay."

Twenty-five-year-old Derek's appearance by Cheryl's side following the breakdown of her marriage was initially dismissed as platonic.

But his subsequent devotion to the Girls Aloud singer - they holidayed together in Tanzania and he helped nurse her back to health after she contracted malaria – sparked reports they were a couple.

Meanwhile, Cheryl, 27, - who will resume judging duties on the X Factor next month - is set to sell the marital mansion she shared with footballer Ashley.

According to the Sun, she is preparing to downsize once her divorce comes through and is looking to set up home near West London.

"Cheryl is selling up," a source said. "She's already looking for a new home, but it will be a lot smaller than what she had now. She doesn’t need a huge estate."

"She wants to be closer to London but stay near Heathrow Airport to make travelling abroad easier."

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Wednesday August 18, 2010

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