Cheryl Cole does a pretty blinding job of keeping her love life a closely guarded secret, but after years of staying tight–lipped about her alleged romance with dancer Derek Hough, the man himself has finally come out and admitted: “We dated for a while”. Well, it’s about time!
Three years after the couple appeared to part ways, the professional back-flipper reveals that him and Chezza did have a relationship back in 2010, and now remain good friends. “We dated for a while. Absolutely we are still friends, we are still very close”, Derek told reporters at the BBC Worldwide Dancing With The Stars event in London.
“I haven’t met her new boyfriend but I have heard he’s a great guy. I’m not sure she has a thing for dancers, but let’s just say she definitely goes for creative types”, the 28-year-old added about his singer ex, who is now dating dancer Tre Holloway.
Explaining the reason behind the silence up until now, Hough went on to admit: “I don’t speak about my time with her because I think often in this culture people take advantage of their friendships. I’ve never spoken abot her because her friendship is important to me.” What a gent.
Although Cheryl remained coy around the time they were rumoured to be dating back in 2010, she did credit Derek with helping her through her battle with malaria. “He’s an amazing, amazing person”, she gushed at the time. “I can never repay him for that (saving my life).”
Props to the Hough for keeping schtum for so long – if we’d been dating Cheryl Cole, we’re pretty sure our entire phonebook would’ve known about it.
By Robyn Munson
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