Derek Hough is just a good mate to Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough appear joined at the hip as they party in LA, but Cheryl is believed to have a secret boyfriend.

Cheryl has been more than happy to use Derek and her good friend Will.i.am to fool paparazzi and fans alike,’ a source reveals.

Her lover is rumoured to be a hunky backing dancer who supported the Black Eyed Peas on their European tour.

‘They’ve been enjoying each other’s company behind closed doors,’ the insider tells The Daily Star.

Cheryl, 27, was linked to Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am himself after splitting from Ashley Cole in February, but denied a romance.

‘He’s my mentor,’ she told Now. ‘A fairy godfather! He’s a genius.

‘It’s, like, one of the biggest compliments for him to even care about who I am, let alone when I make music.’

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