They’ve insisted all along that they are just good friends – now Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough appear determined to hammer the point home by wearing friendship bracelets.
The pair were spotted sporting identical bands yesterday as they went out shopping in South Africa, with Derek following meekly in Cheryl’s footsteps.
The multicoloured beads look handmade and appear to have been bought during the pair’s holiday near Cape Town – and are a clear sign the couple are closer than ever.
Cheryl seemed to be making a very deliberate point and made sure she brandished her wrist towards photographers on their outing to a shopping mall with friends yesterday.
The Girls Aloud star had got rather dressed up for her jaunt to the shops, wearing killer heels that were so uncomfortable, she ended up taking them off and carrying them.
The X Factor judge had glammed up in a sparkly zip-fronted mini shirt dress and bracelet.
The pair are now in the second week of their holiday, based in Camps Bay near Cape Town, where they celebrated New Year – and shared their first public kiss at a party.
Dancing With The Stars professional Derek, 26, had Cheryl, 26, l to her own devices for a while as he surfed in the sea around Camps Bay, Cape Town, where the pair have been staying.
The dancer has reportedly also bought the singer a £10,000 diamond bracelet as a love token.
Utah-born Hough whisked Cheryl away for a week-long break to mark the end of a year which the Girls Aloud star judge has described as ‘the worst of my life’ after she divorced from Ashley Cole and almost died from malaria following her visit to Tanzania six months ago.
She apparently jetted off with the dancer hours after she and ex Ashley swapped Christmas gifts.
And Chelsea star Ashley was reportedly left close to tears as Cheryl and Derek were snapped at a New Year’s Eve bash together.
The pair are staying in a luxury beachside villa in the Camps Bay resort a few miles outside Cape Town and saw in 2011 at a £1million house party apparently thrown by American property mogul Preston Haskell.
It was there that they shared a kiss after toasting each other with champagne, as the midnight chimes rang out.
However, Cheryl has still remained coy as to whether she and Derek are actually an item and insisted she was single last month on Alan Carr’s television show Chatty Man.
She said, ‘I’ve had no time. A lady doesn’t talk about these things.’