Cheryl is giving the 6-million-pound pad to England football star Ashley as part of their settlement. A source said: "This is the ultimate act of revenge. It's a devastating blow for Ashley just before the World Cup. Things are heating up between Cheryl and Derek. The fact she'll let a new man spend nights with her in the home she shared with her ex, so soon after splitting, that's very telling."
Another source revealed: "Cheryl was desperate to see Derek. She's become very dependent on him. She's been speaking to him almost every day and he's helped her get through this awful time. She really wanted Derek to come to London to be with her earlier but he couldn't leave the States because he was partnering Nicole Scherzinger on Dancing with the Stars. But that ended just as Cheryl decided to go through with the divorce. She begged Derek to come and he instantly agreed.
The source added: "Derek is the first man to set foot in the Cole house since Cheryl chucked Ashley out. It was a very big decision on her part. But she loves spending time with Derek."