"CHEATING ASHLEY COLE clearly has a type - pretty brunettes from girl bands.
In the wake of his split from GIRLS ALOUD's CHERYL, the crocked Chelsea ace has been enjoying the cosy company of THE SATURDAYS' singer FRANKIE SANDFORD.
And the, er, sophisticated multi-millionaire is using that trusty route to a woman's heart - takeaway chicken dinners.
A source said: "Frankie and Ashley have met on a number of occasions over the last few weeks.
"They enjoy staying in watching films and eating takeaway Nandos. Ashley has found a good pal in Frankie, he really enjoys her company. She is fond of him as well.
"They tend to meet at the north London house Ashley has been staying in."
The Chelsea star's three-and-a-half-year marriage to canny Geordie Cheryl hit the buffers in February after the love rat was caught cheating again. They formally separated at the end of the month.
Frankie first found fame as a 12-year-old back in 2001 with S CLUB JUNIORS. She split with long-term boyfriend DOUGIEPOYNTER of McFLY earlier this year and has since been linked with JLS star ASTON MERRYGOLD, though she insists they were just friends.
Ash and Frankie first met at trendy London club Whisky Mist in Mayfair a few weeks ago. My source says: "Both are keen to keep the relationship under wraps.
"Frankie worries she could be portrayed as a scarlet woman if news of their friendship leaked. And Ashley really doesn't want to be connected with any woman while his relationship status with Cheryl remains up in the air."
Frankie did hit the town on Saturday night, partying at China White with mates until the wee small hours.
Meanwhile, Cheryl hooked up with dancer DEREK HOUGH in LA. She has been spending more time there since her split from Ashley, and Derek has been a steady companion.
On Saturday he took a break from rehearsing the US version of Strictly Come Dancing to visit Cheryl at her hotel. A source revealed: "Derek spent over an hour in the hotel - and left with a huge grin."
Also on Saturday Cheryl went to an Easter party at pal SIMON COWELL's Beverly Hills home. Cheryl is in LA to record and is trying to land a role on Cowell's US version of The X Factor.
She looked spot on in a cute black dress as she was driven from Si's pad.
I'm sure the two of them had something a little more adventurous than char-grilled poultry to munch on."