London, Feb.14 : England defender Ashley Cole is clowning around with his pals in Surrey, but his devastated wife Cheryl has decided to starve herself and chain smoke.
Cheryl's friends say that her weight has dropped to an alarming six stone following her marriage heartbreak. She is presently holed up in a hotel in Thailand.
According to The Sun, the 24-year-old Girls Aloud singer is a sad shadow of the pop world beauty that she was at one time.
She fled her marital home three weeks ago after The Sun revealed that Ashley had cheated on her.
Last night a fellow guest at her resort called The Sun and revealed how she heard the anguished star tell a pal in a phone call: "Don't treat me like a victim. I'm not a f****** victim, I'm a grown woman.
"People email me, 'Poor you, poor thing'. F***.
"How can I trust my fella again? He's damaged goods. I knew something was wrong when I confronted him about some woman and he made up some s***** excuse rather than deny it outright."
A close pal of the girls last night said Cheryl had asked Nicola and Kimberley to join her in the tropical paradise - telling them: "Please help me to completely vanish."