London, June 6 (ANI): Ashley Cole is apparently dating his estranged wife Cheryl's look-alike, an ex-lapdancer.
The England star - in South Africa for the World Cup - fell for sexy Sarah Purnell, 23, in a London club five weeks ago.
Since then they have been in daily contact, with Sarah comforting Ashley as he struggles to come to terms with his bitter split from the X Factor judge.
"Things are definitely heating up," the News of the World quoted a friend of Sarah as saying.
"Sarah is absolutely over the moon about their relationship but has been very secretive about it and hardly told a soul.
"She spent the first night at his and it was all very romantic. Ashley was a perfect gentleman and treated her like a princess.
"She hasn't got a bad word to say about him and has defended him when people have tried to have a go about Cheryl or the end of his marriage.
"He's been the complete opposite of the man everybody thinks they know.
"Ashley has not done anything sleazy at all and has been extremely charming with her. He seems to really care for Sarah.
"They text each other all day and Sarah has spoken to him nearly every day since they met.
"He even told her she looks the spitting image of Cheryl but she's getting used to that.
"Most people tell her she resembles Cheryl but Sarah is definitely her own person. She's no wannabe," the friend added. (ANI)