Fergie says her friend Cheryl has the upper hand

Cheryl Cole may have forgiven love rat Ashley, 30, for betraying her during their 4-year marriage, but good friend  Fergie says the Girls Aloud star is no doormat.

Chezza is definitely calling the shots now.

‘The next chance will be Ashley‘s last chance, there’s no doubt about that,’ says the Black Eyed Peas singer, 36.

Cheryl‘s a lot stronger than she was 2 years ago.

‘The relationship will be on her terms.’

Fergie reckons Cheryl, 28, should take Ashley back if she really believes he’s changed.

‘It doesn’t matter what family, friends, or her management team say, it’s her life and her decision,’ she insists.

‘She really loved him and didn’t want to get divorced, she just felt she had no choice.’

Cheryl and Ashley Cole | Pictures | Separated | Now magazine

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