Cheryl Cole has reportedly missed the deadline for a quickie divorce from Ashley Cole because of her recent battle with malaria.
According to The Mirror, it could now take months to formally end her marriage to the footballer. Cole is allegedly refusing to be affectionate with rumoured boyfriend Derek Hough in public until the divorce is finalised because she doesn’t want to upset her ex-husband.
A source said: “Cheryl is remaining upbeat and hopeful [her lawyers] can get a result for her soon. She’s still hopeful it can be resolved quickly. Every time they go out they can’t hold hands or kiss and cuddle openly like normal couples.
“Cheryl is very conscious of Ashley and really doesn’t want to antagonise him. She and Ashley have had contact recently and things are cordial between them. In her eyes it would be disrespectful to behave like that so soon.
“When the divorce is through – or at least when things have progressed more – fine. But in the meantime she’s dead against it. In spite of what’s gone on between them, she believes she has to do things by the book.
“She feels sorry for Derek that the impending divorce is overshadowing their relationship and the way they can behave.”