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'Ditch the dancer!'

TV overlord Simon Cowell has come over all 'XFactor judge' on Cheryl's lovelife - he has issued an order to Derek to steer clear of Cheryl, and to let her concentrate on her work. Interesting... for who benefits most from a career-focussed Cole? Why, Mr Cowell of course!

A friend dished all to The Mirror, 'Derek said Simon was friendly enough, but just very firmly told him exactly what he thought. During the dinner Simon told Derek, 'It's nothing personal, I just don't think Cheryl should be spending so much time with you so soon after her marriage breakup'. After the dinner Derek said to me 'I just could not thaw him out. He is just so firm about where he stands'.

The pal continued, '...Derek is so scared that Simon's opinion could hurt them in the long run. Simon told Derek he didn't want to be mean to him, but he just wanted to make sure he did everything in his power to safeguard her happiness and career.'

Hmmm, we'd contend that Cowell's edict strays very close to controlling our Geordie princess's life. Just say no, Cole!

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