By Daily Mail Reporter
Close: Cheryl Cole was spotted arriving at her home with Derek Hough on Thursday and Friday nights last week
Cheryl Cole has spent three nights with dancer Derek Hough at the home she once shared with ex Ashley, it was claimed today.
The singer was spotted arriving at her home with the handsome dancer, 25, on Thursday and Friday nights last week, just days after she filed for divorce from Cole.
The pair have become increasingly close after they performed a raunchy dance routine for the video clip for her single Parachute.
Friends: The pair seemed deep in conversation as they sat in the back of a taxi
Derek flew to be by Cheryl's side just hours after he and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger were crowned U.S. Dancing with the Stars champions last week.
A source told The News of the World: 'Cheryl was desperate to see Derek. She's been speaking to him almost every day and he's helped her get through this awful time.'
'She really wanted Derek to come to London to be with her earlier but he couldn't leave the States because he was partnering Nicole Scherzinger on Dancing with the Stars.
'But that ended just as Cheryl decided to go through with the divorce. She begged Derek to come and he instantly agreed.'
Up close and personal: Derek joined Cheryl on stage at the O2 Arena this week as she performed her single Parachute
Chemistry: Derek joined Cheryl on stage after watching her performance from the wings
Their chemistry was evident as Derek joined her on stage at the O2 arena after watching from the wings on Thursday night.
The pair performed their dance routine for Parachute and Cheryl then invited her friend back to her luxurious Surrey mansion, where he reportedly spent three nights.
'It was a very big decision on her part. But she loves spending time with Derek,' a source told the News of the World.
Friendship: Derek, pictured with Cheryl in LA in February, has been a source of comfort to the star during her split from Ashley Cole
A friend said Ashley, who is currently in Austria preparing for the World Cup, would view Cheryl's behaviour as a 'devastating blow.'
But they said Derek was likely to become more significant in the Girls Aloud star's life.
'Derek's the complete opposite to Ashley. He's very caring and supportive to Cheryl.
She's made it very clear she can't rush into another serious relationship, but he's very keen on her and is prepared to follow her around the world.'
She's opened up to him about Ashley so he knows how vulnerable she is at the moment, which makes him want to be there for her even more.
Cheryl has also been linked with Black Eyed Peas star Will-i-am, who is said to have fallen for the 26-year-old.
Split: Cheryl announced she was filing for divorce this week, four years after marrying Ashley