With the current phone hacking scandal engulfing the media (points to us for topical news reference), it's fair to say our suspicions were raised when heat reported on Cheryl's texting habits this week. According to the glossy mag, the Girls Aloud star has been sending saucy sexts to ex-Ashley.
Describing the messages sent between the pair, sent since their reunion at the Geordie singer's birthday party last month, as "eye wateringly steamy", the teases refused to publish the supposed sexts - but insisted it showed the pair were set on getting back together.
Despite reunion rumours, the pair have actually spent a grand total of just 24 hours together over the last month - with Ashley holidaying in LA before jetting back the same week Cheryl flew out with Kimberley Walsh. According to the magazine however, a gushing Ashley told her: "We're together now wherever we are.
"LA's what you need, hanging out with friends and chilling. When I'm back we'll be together, and we've got the rest of our lives together."
Putting that cheesy love message aside, it does sound as though the couple are seriously set on settling down - despite recent reports of Ashley's romping around whilst on holiday in the states.
"Ashley's broody and dotting n his new niece, to the point where he's talking non-stop about wanting his own kid, " a friend told the magazine. "He feels the timing with him and Cheryl being back on track is bang on."
The news comes however as three girls come forward to claim they got together with Ashley just days before he jetted back to the UK to serenade Chezza at her 28th Birthday bash at the end of last month. One of the girls -US lingerie model Jessyca Rayanne - reportedly told a pal: "I asked him about his wife – he said he wasn’t interested in getting back with her."
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