By Sara Nathan
Snapped: Ashley Cole was pictured with a mystery brunette last month in LA - and certainly appeared to be relaxed in her company
He has managed to win back Cheryl Cole, much to the dismay of many of her friends and family.
But Ashley Cole’s reunion with his ex-wife may not be as straightforward as he hoped.
At least three girls are set to claim they enjoyed recent liaisons with the Chelsea footballer around the time he was trying to woo Cheryl earlier this month, the Daily Mail has learned.
At her 28th birthday party at the start of this month, Mrs Cole left onlookers in no doubt that she was back with the man whose string of alleged affairs ended their marriage.
The pair’s very public display of affection came only eight months after their divorce was finalised.
But it is now alleged that Cole, 30, was enjoying trysts with at least three women despite trying to win back his ex-wife at the same time.
One is believed to be a 29-year-old Virgin Atlantic air hostess, who has claimed she spent the night with Cole only a few weeks ago at a mansion he had hired in Beverly Hills.
The pretty stewardess, who is British, is said to be ready to make her claims public and has contacted Max Clifford to help broker her story.
Cole had been holidaying in Los Angeles before flying to London to attend Cheryl’s party on July 1.
A source close to the air hostess said: ‘She was with Ashley a few times, the most recent was just a couple of weeks ago. Cheryl’s at her most vulnerable, and Ashley sees an opportunity to get her back.’
Another friend said: ‘She had no idea Ashley was in the process of getting back with Cheryl and was horrified when she found out. She would never have gone near him had she known. She feels really bad for Cheryl.’
The other two girls are believed to be bikini models who Cole met in Hollywood. Last night, Mr Clifford told the Mail: ‘In recent weeks, three girls have been in touch with me claiming to have had recent relationships with Ashley Cole.
They will be coming to see me and I’ll see if there is any evidence to back up these allegations.’
Mrs Cole, who was axed as a judge from the U.S. X Factor in May, has been in Los Angeles for the past week. Cole will this week join Chelsea on a pre-season tour of Asia.
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, a close friend of Mrs Cole, told how the star had never wanted to divorce.
The pair married in 2006 but Mrs Cole finally filed for divorce in May last year after rumours he had had flings with at least five other women.
Speaking of their reconciliation, Fergie said: ‘It’s easy for people to say she’s crazy taking him back, but life isn’t as simple as that. She should go for it if that’s what she wants. She really loved him and didn’t want to get divorced, she just felt she had no choice.’
But she added: ‘The next chance will be Ashley’s last chance, there’s no doubt about that. Cheryl’s a lot stronger than she was two years ago. The relationship will be on her terms.’
Last night, a representative for Cole told the Mail: ‘My client was not in a relationship at this time.’