Cheryl Cole's ex-husband Ashley is keen to forget the past

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Cheryl Cole‘s ex-husband Ashley doesn’t want the public to hate him because of his cheating past.

The Chelsea and England footballer’s reputation was given a battering last year after kiss-and-tells that broke Cheryl Cole‘s heart – but now Ashley‘s keen to prove himself as more than just a playboy.

‘Judge me on how I play football or judge me on when you meet me,’ says Ashley, 30.

‘Come and speak to me: if I’m an arsehole, then fair enough – say it.

‘But a lot of people judge others too quickly without actually knowing the full facts or the actual real person.’

Ashley would rather focus on his career than the well-publicised slip-ups he’s made in the past.

‘I have made mistakes and just have to live with it, but at the end of the day I just want to play football,’ he tells the BBC’s Football Focus.

‘I can’t win sometimes. I just play my football and if I can help people then I help people.’

Ashley Cole takes Cheryl for dinner at The Ivy - August 2005

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