Cheryl is celebrating her divorce by splashing out on a luxury new pad near Simon Cowell’s home.
The 26-year-old has used her X Factor pal as a shoulder to cry on throughout her break-up with serial love rat Ashley.
Now she thinks the best move she could make is into a home near the 50-year-old music mogul’s property in London’s posh Holland Park, where house prices start at £650,000.
Cheryl had planned on keeping the Surrey mansion she shared with Ashley, 29, as part of their divorce settlement but she has since decided she wants to put the past behind her.
A friend said: “There’s too many painful memories in their home and, although it’s a stunning house, Cheryl thinks it’s best to move on.
“She had her management team scouting round for houses in Holland Park while she was on tour with the Black Eyed Peas.
“She said she wants to move there because it’s pretty central to London for work and she’ll be near Simon.
“They’ve grown very close since she started on The X Factor and she’s turned to him for advice during her break-up with Ashley. She likes the idea of living near him.”
Noooo :( her house in Surrey is only 5 minutes drive from mine.