As rumours circulate about Cheryl starting a family, ex-husband Ashley is reportedly preparing to be a dad

Cheryl’s ex-husband Ashley Cole is expecting a baby with his Italian girlfriend, according to reports.

The 34-year-old footballer – whose divorce from Chezza, 32, was finalised in 2010 – and model Sharon Canu are going to be parents in the new year as Sharon is apparently six months’ pregnant.

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A source tells The Sun On Sunday: ‘Ashley’s over the moon, too. He couldn’t wait to find out the baby’s sex and he’s chuffed that it’s a boy.

‘Sharon’s sweet and from a normal Italian family. His friends and family love her.’

It’s thought that Ashley met Sharon last summer when he started playing for Italian club A.S. Roma.

Sharon’s grandad also spoke out about the news, revealing to the paper: ‘Ashley is very happy. He’s a good guy – and my granddaughter is a beauty.’

Cheryl has allegedly already learned of her ex’s news but it didn’t come directly from him.

The couple were married from 2006 to 2010, having split following allegations of infidelity made against Ashley.

Cheryl has since gone on to remarry and drop Ashley’s surname. The former Girls Aloud star wed French businessman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in July 2014 after a whirlwind romance and the duo remain very loved-up.

In fact Ashley’s baby news comes as rumours circulate about Cheryl and JB possibly starting a family of their own in 2016.

A friend close to the star tells Now: ‘Cheryl feels it’s high time they started building their own legacy.

‘Ever since her friend Kimberley Walsh had little Bobby last year, she’s been champing at the bit for a baby of her own.’

It sounds like the X Factor judge is far too busy to think about babies at the time being though. She’s been working hard on the talent show and hopes to get her act Reggie N Bollie through to the final.

[GIF] Cheryl Reggie N Bollie The X Factor

After Saturday night’s performance Chezza praised the boys on Twitter and also shared a sweet message for viewers who’ve been cheering them on.

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Anna Francis