Derek Hough, Cheryl Cole romance rumours false, says close pal

London: Derek Hough`s close pal Mark Ballas has insisted that the rumours about Cole and Hough`s relationship are false.

He said that Cole and Hough are just friends and are very professional.

"Just because they are both hot and are a good act, things get distorted, just like they are distorted when couples dance together," the Mirror quoted fellow dancer Ballas as telling Heat.

"Derek is very professional and keeps things that way. That`s all they are - friends.

"He`s dating other people. He`s working really hard and dating," he added.