By Sara Nathan and Ben Todd
Together: Cheryl Cole is believed to want to get back with her ex-husband, Ashley
Cheryl Cole may be pushed back into the arms of her ex-husband Ashley Cole because of her 'severe' loneliness, friends have revealed.
The 27-year-old singer yesterday told confidantes she will not rule out a reconciliation with the Chelsea and England footballer, who had a string of affairs during their marriage.
Close friends of Mrs Cole last night confirmed she recently returned to their £5million marital home in Surrey to spend the evening with him.
Cheryl Cole has kept a low profile since being ditched from U.S. X-Factor while Ashley is currently on a lads' holiday in LA
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.
'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.'
Mrs Cole's representatives are believed to be angered by talk of a reunion because she had promised not to see Cole.
It is believed Cheryl and Ashley recently spent a night together at their marital home in Godalming, Surrey
Past love: The couple are seen here enjoying their first holiday together on the Costa del Sol
Her decision to do so goes against the stark warnings of her mother Joan Callaghan and friends including Simon Cowell.
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.'