Take my mother-in-law...

Not content with being the most unpopular man of the modern age, Ashley Cole has now made potential enemies with a feisty yet historically maligned group: mother in laws. Cheryl finally gave Ashley his marching orders yesterday after days of speculation about his infidelities. The news the world has waited on tenterhooks for came via Twitter (where else?), in a message from Cheryl's PR company. The statement was stark: 'Cheryl Cole is separating from her husband Ashley Cole. Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time. We have no further comment to make.'

Ashley, lamenting the fact the Cheryl's mum moved in with them over a year ago, apparently told a friend, 'How could our marriage stand a chance?'

In the days before the announcement, according to the Daily Mail, 'Ashley was calling every ten minutes or so and leaving messages. He was still very emotional and in distress. He suggested they could go for counselling and that he could try therapy. He admitted for the first time that he has problem. Cheryl refused to answer any of the calls...One minute, she was really upbeat, feeling strong and positive about a new life on her own. Then she would come crashing down and feel sorry for Ashley and think how much she loves him. But in the end she decided that she has to stay strong and stick to her plan.'

'Cheryl: the Hollywood years' start here...

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