Derek Hough likes a strong northern woman

Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough‘s Brit ‘mum’ Shirley Ballas are two peas in a pod.

Mormon Derek obviously appreciates Chezza‘s good looks but she no doubt also reminds him of Merseyside born Shirley – a mother figure since he was nine.

‘It’s amazing how similar Cheryl and Shirley are,’ says a source.

‘They are both girls from the north of England who have made it in the tough world of showbusiness and know exactly what they want.

‘They have both suffered problems on their path to stardom, including a painful divorce.’

Ballroom dancing legend Shirley became Derek‘s legal guardian when he came to London from America to pursue his dancing dreams and stayed in her care for 10 years. He also has a stepmum Debra and biological mother Marianne

‘There must be something he likes about northern lasses,’ the source tells the Daily Star.

‘And Shirley used to look like Cheryl when she was younger.’

Cheryl Cole and Shirley Ballas (Derek Hough

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