Jermaine Pennant claims Ashley Cole was in a RELATIONSHIP when he started dating ex wife Cheryl

Jermaine Pennant makes shock claim his former teammate Ashley Cole was in a RELATIONSHIP when he started dating ex wife Cheryl

Jermaine Pennant has sensationally claimed that Cheryl and former husband Ashley Cole first started dating while the footballer still had a girlfriend.

The former Arsenal star reflected on his heyday in his new autobiography and discussed the moment the former showbiz couple first met as well as the drama their romance faced before they eventually said ‘I do’, according to The Mirror.

In an extract from his book, Mental: Bad Behaviour, Ugly Truths and the Beautiful Game, Jermaine opened up about how Ashley’s then girlfriend was locked out of his flat while the couple enjoyed a date.

Getting candid: Jermaine Pennant has sensationally claimed that Cheryl and former husband Ashley Cole first started dating while the footballer still had a girlfriend (Pictured with other half Alice Goodwin)

Getting candid: Jermaine Pennant has sensationally claimed that Cheryl and former husband Ashley Cole first started dating while the footballer still had a girlfriend (Pictured with other half Alice Goodwin)

Getting candid: Jermaine Pennant has sensationally claimed that Cheryl and former husband Ashley Cole first started dating while the footballer still had a girlfriend (Pictured with other half Alice Goodwin)

The footballer revealed that Cheryl first caught Ashley’s eye after meeting at a tennis court in North London alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts in 2004.   

After commenting on his ‘unlucky’ Euros campaign, the couple swapped numbers and began meeting up. 

According to excerpt, Cheryl began calling around to his apartment as their relationship blossomed but it wasn’t without drama when Ashley’s then girlfriend called around during one of their secret meetings.    

Jermaine wrote: ‘Then, one day, Cheryl was round his place with him. The door was locked from the inside. He’d kept the key in the lock so no one could get in.

Drama: The former Arsenal star reflected on his heyday in his new autobiography and discussed the moment the former showbiz couple first met as well as the drama their romance faced before they eventually said 'I do', according to The Mirror

Drama: The former Arsenal star reflected on his heyday in his new autobiography and discussed the moment the former showbiz couple first met as well as the drama their romance faced before they eventually said 'I do', according to The Mirror

Drama: The former Arsenal star reflected on his heyday in his new autobiography and discussed the moment the former showbiz couple first met as well as the drama their romance faced before they eventually said ‘I do’, according to The Mirror

Altogether: The footballer revealed that Cheryl first caught Ashley's eye after meeting at a tennis court in North London alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts (Pictured in 2005)

Altogether: The footballer revealed that Cheryl first caught Ashley's eye after meeting at a tennis court in North London alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts (Pictured in 2005)

Altogether: The footballer revealed that Cheryl first caught Ashley’s eye after meeting at a tennis court in North London alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts (Pictured in 2005)

‘His girlfriend at the time had a key. She was trying to get in, calling him, going mad because she knew someone was in there. She was calling all the lads. We were ignoring her calls, we knew what was going down. 

Adding: ‘Cheryl and Ashley inside were probably looking at each other thinking: “What’s going on?”‘ 

In the extract from his book out Thursday, Jermaine also revealed that he had been trying to woo Cheryl’s BFF Kimberley – although she wasn’t interested.

At the time Kimberley was dating her now-husband Justin Scott and was very happy with how their relationship was developing. 

Uh oh: After commenting on his 'unlucky' Euros campaign, the couple swapped numbers and began meeting up

Uh oh: After commenting on his 'unlucky' Euros campaign, the couple swapped numbers and began meeting up

Uh oh: After commenting on his ‘unlucky’ Euros campaign, the couple swapped numbers and began meeting up

Then: According to excerpt, Cheryl began calling around to his apartment as their relationship blossomed but it wasn't without drama when Ashley's then girlfriend called around during one of their secret meetings

Then: According to excerpt, Cheryl began calling around to his apartment as their relationship blossomed but it wasn't without drama when Ashley's then girlfriend called around during one of their secret meetings

Then: According to excerpt, Cheryl began calling around to his apartment as their relationship blossomed but it wasn’t without drama when Ashley’s then girlfriend called around during one of their secret meetings

Despite her protests, Jermaine admitted he ‘never gave up’ trying to date her and believed she ‘was the one’ as he continually texted her. MailOnline have contacted Ashley Cole, Cheryl and Kimberley Walsh’s reps for comment. 

Ashley and former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl were one of the UK’s most high-profile couples when they tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in 2006.

However, their union hit shaky ground just two years later amid reports that the sportsman cheated on Cheryl with three other women.

In 2010, their ill-fated marriage finally ended in divorce, as more accusations of adultery surfaced.

'Locked': He wrote: 'Then, one day, Cheryl was round his place with him. The door was locked from the inside. He’d kept the key in the lock so no one could get in' (Pictured in 2009)

'Locked': He wrote: 'Then, one day, Cheryl was round his place with him. The door was locked from the inside. He’d kept the key in the lock so no one could get in' (Pictured in 2009)

‘Locked’: He wrote: ‘Then, one day, Cheryl was round his place with him. The door was locked from the inside. He’d kept the key in the lock so no one could get in’ (Pictured in 2009)

Not interested: In the extract from his book out Thursday, Jermaine also revealed that he had been trying to woo Cheryl's BFF Kimberley - although she wasn't interested

Not interested: In the extract from his book out Thursday, Jermaine also revealed that he had been trying to woo Cheryl's BFF Kimberley - although she wasn't interested

Not interested: In the extract from his book out Thursday, Jermaine also revealed that he had been trying to woo Cheryl’s BFF Kimberley – although she wasn’t interested

Cheryl, who went on to be briefly married to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini before embarking on a romance with Liam Payne, who she welcomed son Bear with.

The musical couple confirmed their split in July following two and half years together. 

East London-born Ashley moved on with brunette beauty Sharon back in 2014, and met at the start of his two-year stint playing for AS Roma.

She then relocated with him two years later to California, when he followed in the footsteps of David Beckham by landing a contract with the LA Galaxy.

Since then: Cheryl, who went on to be briefly married to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini before embarking on a romance with Liam Payne, who she welcomed son Bear with. The musical couple confirmed their split in July following two and half years together

Since then: Cheryl, who went on to be briefly married to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini before embarking on a romance with Liam Payne, who she welcomed son Bear with. The musical couple confirmed their split in July following two and half years together

Since then: Cheryl, who went on to be briefly married to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini before embarking on a romance with Liam Payne, who she welcomed son Bear with. The musical couple confirmed their split in July following two and half years together

 

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